The Case for Expanding Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing

Feinberg, Judith
April 2006
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Apr2006, Vol. 81 Issue 4, p449
Academic Journal
The article comments on article by J. L. Greenwald about inpatients who tested HIV positive between 1999 and 2003 at a major hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. The inpatients identified as having HIV infection had significantly lower CD4 cell counts and higher HIV viral loads compared to those whose diagnosis was made on an outpatient basis. Moreover, there are concerns about the growing racial and ethnic disparities among persons diagnosed with HIV infection. The Center for Disease Control has recommended that clinicians provide pretest counseling. The agency hopes that the people unaware of their positive HIV status will be identified, referred for care, given antiretroviral therapy as appropriate and informed about the risks of infecting others.


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