HealthDay News — The CDC has published a new recommendation on HIV testing, and materials to aid clinicians provide accurate screenings for at-risk patients to promote National HIV Testing Day on June 27th.
Of the estimated 1.1 million persons in the United States diagnosed with HIV, an estimated 181,000 were unaware of their infection, reported the CDC.
“For people who test HIV-positive, diagnosis opens the door to life-saving treatment, which also reduces the risk of transmitting HIV to others,” Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, said in a press release.
A new approach for HIV testing in laboratories that utilizes the newest technology can improve the early, acute diagnosis of HIV, which the agency recognizes is one of the biggest obstacles in HIV prevention.
For primary-care clinicians, the CDC offers an updated fact sheet and a graphic explaining the new testing recommendations.
“By putting the latest testing technology to work, CDC’s new recommendations help address a critical gap in the nation’s HIV prevention efforts,” the agency wrote.