USPSTF Recommends Routine HIV Screening
April 30, 2013
CDC welcomes today's announcement by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) -- an independent panel of non-federal experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine -- of a grade "A" recommendation for routine HIV screening. These recommendations are a critical step forward for HIV prevention and care in the United States. They reinforce the importance of people everywhere knowing their HIV status and, if positive, accessing care, receiving treatment and other prevention services.
The USPSTF statement recommends clinicians screen for HIV in all adolescents and adults aged 15-65 years. It also recommends repeat HIV screenings for those who are at increased risk for HIV infection, including men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs. Younger adolescents and older adults who are at increased risk for HIV infection should also be screened. These updated USPSTF recommendations align with CDC's 2006 guidelines which state that HIV testing should be a routine part of medical care for all American adults and adolescents.View Full Article
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