Health Providers, Experts Back CDC HIV Testing Recommendations, Urge Caution on Implementation
October 4, 2006
Health providers and experts on Tuesday at a panel discussion said they support CDC's revised recommendations on HIV testing in the U.S. that say voluntary HIV testing should become a routine part of medical care for residents ages 13 to 64, but they emphasized caution in proceeding with the program, CQ HealthBeat reports (Hopkins, CQ HealthBeat, 10/3). The recommendations, published in the Sept. 22 edition of CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, say health care providers should continue routine HIV testingunless they establish that less than one of every 1,000 patients tested is HIV-positive, "at which point such screening is no longer warranted." Providers do not have to require patients to sign separate written consent forms or undergo counseling before receiving an HIV test, but physicians must allow patients to opt out of the test, according to the guidelines. The recommendations -- which states can choose to adopt and modify -- also say that all pregnant women should be tested for the virus unless they opt out and that women who inject illicit drugs, are commercial sex workers or who live in a higher prevalence region should be tested again in the third trimester of pregnancy (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 9/22).
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