Commentary & Opinion
CDC Testing Initiative Will Help Curb Spread of HIV, Needs Public Support, Editorial Says
February 4, 2009
One "significant area" in which CDC guidelines on communicable diseases have not been followed is HIV testing, specifically the agency's recommendations issued in 2006 that HIV testing become a part of routine care for people ages 13 to 64, a Houston Chronicle editorial says, adding that routine HIV testing is a "crucial step, experts say, in preventing new cases, since the disease is spread most commonly by people who are unaware that they are infected." According to the editorial, CDC is investing more than $35 million in a national testing program with the goal of screening 1.5 million people in 2009. Researchers predict that of those 1.5 million people, about 20,000 will test positive for HIV, the editorial says. It adds that Houston is "fortunate" to be one of the 25 areas involved in the initiative, with four Houston centers participating.
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.