NOT ENOUGH TESTING
MOST AMERICANS STILL DON’T KNOW THEIR HIV STATUS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Fewer than half of all Americans have been tested for HIV, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, yet the same agency recommended testing for all Americans several years ago. Joel Gallant, an HIV expert at Johns Hopkins, says there’s a very compelling reason to test everyone.
GALLANT: These recommendations came about because it was becoming clear that we weren’t really assessing risk very well. People who thought they weren’t at risk became infected. The classic example would be the heterosexual married woman in what she thinks is a monogamous relationship. Asking about risk factors wasn’t working, and so it’s a little funny that the recommendations say you don’t need to keep testing in people not at risk when they’ve just finished saying that asking about risk factors doesn’t work. But at least getting one test is certainly better than we where we are now with over half of people in the US not having been tested. :32
Gallant says making testing routine for everyone would eliminate any stigma regarding the test. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.