Routine testing for HIV is acceptable and effective, show pilot studies

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 22 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6063
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Patients and healthcare professionals are ready and willing to accept routine testing for HIV in areas of high prevalence of the disease, according to the Health Protection Agency.

The agency has recommended that HIV testing in high prevalence areas of England—areas where HIV prevalence is greater than two per 1000 among 15-59 year olds—should be expanded because pilots have shown it is effective, feasible, and acceptable.

The recommendation, contained in an agency report published on 20 September, is being considered by the government and could mean that for the first time in the UK, routine, “opt out” HIV tests would be offered to everyone signing up to primary care …

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