Print this page    •   Back to Web version of article

U.S. News
New HIV Testing Practices Will Improve Screening and Early Diagnosis

September 17, 2010

A state law that took effect this month will make HIV testing more accessible and improve the linkage of HIV-positive people to care and treatment, health officials say. An estimated 20 percent of state residents with HIV do not know they are infected, and 33 percent of patients newly diagnosed with HIV progress to AIDS within one year.

"HIV/AIDS continues to be a major health concern for New Yorkers, and this important change in the law will make HIV testing more routine, while maintaining key patient privacy protections," said Dr. Richard F. Daines, state health commissioner.

Under the law:

In accordance with CDC's recommendations, New York's new law requires that voluntary opt-out testing be offered to all persons ages 13-64 who receive hospital or primary care services, with limited exceptions.

"We need to be working aggressively with all health care providers to ensure people who are infected are found early and offered the lifesaving treatments that are available," said Humberto Cruz, director of the state Department of Health's AIDS Institute.

For more information about the testing law, visit www.nyhealth.gov/diseases/aids/testing/hiv_testing_law.htm.

Back to other news for September 2010

Excerpted from:
Empire State News (Middleton)
09.15.2010




This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. You can find this article online by typing this address into your Web browser:
http://www.thebody.com/content/art58512.html

General Disclaimer: TheBody.com is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided through TheBody.com should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, consult your health care provider.