New HIV screening recommendations from the CDC for US populations

In September of 2006, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention changed their recommendations that all individuals 13-64 be routinely tested for HIV and that requirements for written consent and pre-test counselling be dropped.

Kevin Fenton, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention, said the recommendations will make “routine HIV screening feasible in busy medical settings where it previously was impractical,” adding, “Making the HIV test a normal part of care for all Americans is also an important step toward removing the stigma still associated with testing”.

Below are some reactions to the changes.

Article – New CDC HIV Testing Recommendations Could Compromise Patients’ Civil Rights, ACLU Statement Says

Video and Slide Show Presentations – Routine Testing for HIV Infection: New CDC Screening Recommendations for the US Population. (Requires signing up to Medscape, or can use bugmenot.com)

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