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ANCHOR LEAD:  WHEN PEOPLE ARE GIVEN COUNSELING WHEN THEY GET TESTED FOR HIV, WE ALL WIN, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Counseling given at the time of HIV testing can help those who are positive avoid infecting others, and may influence those with negative results to practice safer sex.  David Holtgrave, professor of health policy and society at Johns Hopkins, says keeping the counseling piece is critical.

HOLTGRAVE:  Pre and post test counseling can be really important.  For persons who test positive there’s been studies to show that you actually can drop transmission rate from about nine to eleven percent to about 1.5 to 2.5 percent after someone gets HIV testing and counseling and knows that they’re seropositive.  What does counseling that accompanies testing do for persons who test negative but are at high behavioral risk for infection?  Even for persons who test negative counseling is something we need to be very mindful of before we discard.            :32

Counseling has come under scrutiny as too time consuming but Holtgrave says we should keep it.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.

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