ANCHOR LEAD: WHERE WILL THE MOST IMPACT OF HIV TESTING BE SEEN? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
HIV infection remains a big problem, especially since many who are infected don’t know it. The CDC has recently made recommendations regarding best strategies for testing, but David Holtgrave, professor of health behavior and society at Johns Hopkins, says a more targeted approach has multiple advatages.
HOLTGRAVE: We did a cost effectiveness study to try to look at how much the CDCs opt out testing recommendations would cost, what would the consequences be? And then we compared that to several other scenarios including a more targeted testing and counseling scenario. And basically what we found was that if you were to keep counseling as part of counseling and testing that was an important issue because you get some behavior benefits and some prevention benefits, and the cost per infection prevented would be a lot less under that strategy as well. :32All HIV testing remains, of course, voluntary and confidential. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.