ANCHOR LEAD: EVERYONE SHOULD BE TESTED FOR HIV, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Another national medical society has joined the call for universal HIV screening. Joel Gallant, an HIV expert at Johns Hopkins, explains.
GALLANT: The American College of Physicians has now joined several other medical societies in agreeing with the CDC’s recommendations that everybody should be tested for HIV infection regardless of risk factors. It’s a cheap, accurate test that diagnoses a disease that is highly treatable, fatal if untreated, and that’s more likely to spread when people don’t know they have it, so everybody ought to know their HIV status and doctors should know the status of all their patients. The CDC made these recommendations back in 2006 but so far we haven’t been doing very well in following them. :28
If HIV testing is universal much of the stigma associated with getting tested will be removed, Gallant point out, and should help interrupt the cycle of those who are HIV positive unknowingly infecting others. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.