US agency recommends opportunistic HIV testing

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 28 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:669
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. Washington, DC

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new recommendations designed to make voluntary HIV screening, on an opportunistic basis, a routine part of medical care for all patients aged 13 to 64 years.

    The changes, published last week, have been discussed for more than three years (BMJ 2006;332: 1169).

    The objective is to increase early diagnosis among the estimated 250 000 Americans who are HIV positive but are not aware of their infection. The recommendations should reduce the paperwork burden of obtaining special consent to conduct a …

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