A Shift in Strategy to Treatment as Prevention for HIV/AIDS
July 24, 2012
Organizers are calling for big increases in HIV testing and treatment as the 19th International AIDS Conference (IAC) takes place in Washington this week. Testing-and-treating is now central to the U.S. AIDS prevention strategy, and experts say treatment-as-prevention has the potential to dramatically alter the epidemic. In addition to improving a patient's health, treatment can help prevent further transmission of the virus.
Since 2006, the District has followed an opt-out HIV screening policy, meaning patients get the test unless they choose not to. Health department surveys of high-risk individuals show that about 70 percent recently diagnosed as HIV-positive had seen a doctor in the previous year but had not been offered the test, said Gregory Pappas, senior deputy director of the department.
07.23.2012; Lena H. Sun
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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