HIV Testing in the ED

Torres, Gretchen Williams
March 2008
H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks;Mar2008, Vol. 82 Issue 3, p80
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The author comments on the recommendation of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention that all health care providers offer voluntary HIV screening for patients 13 to 64 years old. She reveals the factor that drives the recommendation. She explains that currently, testing for HIV occurs in many emergency departments but is limited to cases of occupational exposure or at the provider's discretion based on clinical presentation or other risk factors. She claims that early diagnosis of HIV infection can improve quality of life for those infected.


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