San Francisco Chronicle Examines Emergency Department HIV Testing Program
May 12, 2009
The San Francisco Chronicle on Monday examined an HIV testing program at San Francisco General Hospital's emergency department, which is part of a nationwide CDC program that offers routine testing to all ED patients. CDC officials say the program has identified more cases of HIV in the U.S. and helps explain a recent rise in the number of new cases. "I can't say that it's all due to emergency room testing, but it's certainly suggestive that that's what's occurring," Bernard Branson, an associate director with CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, said, adding, "We're beginning to work down the backlog of these cases and in the process identify not only more people but identify them earlier, so with effective therapy and treatment they can have a normal life expectancy." Branson also explained that patients must verbally consent to receiving an HIV test.
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