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Delaware: HIV Prevention Advocates Get Behind Early-Screening Bill

April 9, 2012

Delaware's HIV/AIDS rate ranks eighth-highest among the states, and it is also one of the last states still noncompliant with a CDC recommendation promoting early detection. State policy makers, medical providers and advocacy groups are working to rectify that.

In March, the Delaware Senate unanimously passed a bill advocating HIV testing as part of routine medical screenings. Registered nurse Arlene Bincsik, an adviser to the committee that composed the bill and the HIV program director for Christiana Care Health System, said the bill is necessary because "a significant number of people in the US are unaware of their infection."

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