Friday, September 22, 2006

CDC advocates HIV tests for all Americans

The Centers for Disease Control has recommended that every American take an HIV test at least once between the ages of 13 and 64, and at least once a year if engaging in high risk behaviors.

The recommendations follow various developments. Medications like protease inhibitors enable HIV-infected persons to live almost normal lifespans in some cases. Early treatment may be beneficial, and when persons know they are infected, they will hopefully be more cautious in behavior.

In the mid 1980s, remember, the gay community had a mantra, "don't take the test," because of the fear of stigmatization and maybe even quarantine.

The CDC web reference is here.

All media outlets carried this story today. The New York Times story was by Donald G. McNeil, Jr. The Washington Post story was by David Brown.

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