A Shift in Strategy to Treatment as Prevention for HIV/AIDS
July 24, 2012
Organizers are calling for big increases in HIV testing and treatment as the 19th International AIDS Conference (IAC) takes place in Washington this week. Testing-and-treating is now central to the U.S. AIDS prevention strategy, and experts say treatment-as-prevention has the potential to dramatically alter the epidemic. In addition to improving a patient's health, treatment can help prevent further transmission of the virus.
Since 2006, the District has followed an opt-out HIV screening policy, meaning patients get the test unless they choose not to. Health department surveys of high-risk individuals show that about 70 percent recently diagnosed as HIV-positive had seen a doctor in the previous year but had not been offered the test, said Gregory Pappas, senior deputy director of the department.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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