Doctors Advocate HIV Tests for All; Insurers Urged to Pay for Screening
April 27, 2009
In a joint press conference on April 17, the American College of Physicians and the HIV Medicine Association made an urgent call for national AIDS policy reform, including universal testing for everyone who does not opt out.
A position paper issued by the two medical groups said that ignorance, racism, and homophobia are complicating the fight against HIV/AIDS. It also warned of a looming shortage of doctors trained to treat HIV patients. The paper said there is an "urgent need" to expand access to HIV/AIDS treatments, develop a comprehensive national prevention and education response, and mount a stronger international anti-AIDS effort.
The paper is being published in the May 15 edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases.
04.18.2009; Dave Parks
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