HIV Testing Can Save Thousands of Lives, CDC Official Says
June 29, 2009
"Although HIV/AIDS continues to pose a serious threat to the nation's health, HIV testing is a powerful weapon against the disease," Kevin Fenton, director of CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, writes in a CNN.com opinion piece. Fenton writes that every 9 1/2 minutes someone in the U.S. becomes infected with HIV. "That's 56,000 people every year," Fenton writes, adding, "But there's something we can all do to help protect ourselves and our partners from this disease -- get tested for HIV." He continues, "By increasing the number of people who know their HIV status, we can decrease the number of new HIV infections, and help save thousands of lives" (Fenton, CNN.com, 6/26).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily U.S. HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.