U.S. Health Panel Likely to Make HIV Tests Routine
August 21, 2012
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force could soon recommend that HIV testing become routine in medical settings, according to health officials close to the panel, speaking on condition of anonymity. Under the 2010 federal health reform law, health insurers must fully cover preventive services that USPSTF recommends. The recommendation is expected to be open for public comment before the year ends.
"We did not find that evidence at that time compelling enough to say that we were confident that more people would benefit than the people who had HIV detected," said Dr. Michael LeFevre, USPSTF's co-chair. "Obviously that was seven years ago," and the new data will be taken into consideration, he said.
08.20.2012; Salimah Ebrahim
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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