The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Americans should have an AIDS test during their annual doctor’s visit, along with other procedures they might normally have, reported CBS News’ Cami McCormick.
“We know that many HIV infected people seek health care and they don’t get tested. And many people are not diagnosed until late in the course of their illness, when they’re already sick with HIV-related conditions,” said Dr. Timothy Mastro, acting director of the CDC’s division of HIV/AIDS prevention.
“By identifying people earlier through a screening program, we’ll allow them to access life-extending therapy, and also through prevention services, learn how to avoid transmitting HIV infection to others,” he said.
The announcement was hailed by some HIV patient advocates and health policy experts. They said the guidelines could help end the stigma of HIV testing and lead to needed care for an estimated 250,000 Americans who do not yet know they have the disease.
“I think it’s an incredible advance. I think it’s courageous on the part of the CDC,” said A. David Paltiel, 전주출장안마 a health policy expert at the Yale University School of Medicine.
The recommendations are not legally binding, but they influence what doctors do and what health insurance programs cover.
Some physicians groups predict the recommendations will be challenging to implement, involving time for testing, counseling and revising consent procedures.
And some doctors wonder if testing people beyond high-risk groups justifies the cost, reported McCormick.
“Are doctors going to do it? Probably not,” said Dr. Larry Fields, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians.