Groups Issue New HIV Testing Guidelines
Posted by pozlife on June 26, 2007
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Posted: June 26, 2007 – 3:00 pm ET
(New York City) HIV/AIDS activist groups are calling have established a list of new guidelines for doctors in advance of Wednesday’s National HIV Testing Day.
Currently there are 40,000 new infections in the United States each year with HIV. But the Centers for Disease Control says that it estimates that one in four Americans with HIV don’t know they are infected.
The CDC has recommended that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV when they seek health care.
The new guidelines were developed by legal, medical, and service providers working with Lambda Legal, the Center for HIV Law and Policy, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
The 15 principles emphasize that HIV testing must always be informed, voluntary, confidential, and supported by health care.
“Respect for the civil and human rights of patients must be at the heart of successful efforts to increase testing,” said Bebe J. Anderson, HIV Project Director of Lambda Legal.
“Expanded testing can be valuable, but it must be well planned, high quality, and client centered,” said David Ernesto Munar, Vice President of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
“As a Colombian-American living with HIV, I know only too well that testing is about much more than just the results and must include meaningful coordination with prevention, care, and support services, especially for those who receive an HIV diagnosis.”
Catherine Hanssens, Executive Director of the Center for HIV Law and Policy said that “the evidence that thousands of diagnosed HIV-positive people are not in care and that about half of new infections unknowingly stem from newly-infected people that rapid testing can’t pick up, are strong indictments of the CDC’s push to speed-test everyone for HIV without counseling or ensuring people get into care.”
Earlier this year Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease said that while it may be possible to battle AIDS into a low-rate of infection, it will take a long time and elimination of the disease seems unlikely.
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