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Delays in Annual HIV Screening Persist

Friday, June 22, 2018

TargetHIV

Far too many people who are at higher HIV risk are not getting screened annually, as national guidelines recommend. As a consequence, the benefits of early diagnosis and treatment are not being fully realized in terms of both individual health for infected individuals and reduced risk of transmission to others when full viral suppression is achieved. That general conclusion is presented in Interval Since Last HIV Test for Men and Women with Recent Risk for HIV Infection — United States, 2006–2016, a CDC MMWR Summary discussion of HIV screening behaviors as determined from multiple data sets. However, HIV screening rates are notably better among MSM and racial/ethnic populations in comparison to the general U.S. population.

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

 

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