AMA Recommends Routine HIV Testing

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Routine HIV Testing

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The American Medical Associationrecently updated its HIV testing policy to include guidelinessupporting routine HIV testing, while continuing to advocate for theprotection of patient privacy and autonomy, the AP/Google.com reports (AP/Google.com, 5/14).

"Understandingand treatment of HIV has grown substantially over the past fewdecades," Ardis Hoven, an AMA board member, said, adding, "new policycalls on physicians to routinely test consenting adult patients for HIVand reflects the reality that if HIV is detected early patients canlead full and productive lives" (AMA release, 11/13).

CDC in September 2006 released revised recommendationson HIV testing in the U.S. The recommendations advise that HIV testsbecome a routine part of medical care for residents ages 13 to 64 andthat requirements for written consent and pretest counseling bedropped. According to a study published last month in PLoS One, more than 30 states have laws that hamper doctors from implementing the recommendations (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 10/11).

Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view theentire Kaiser DailyHIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, and sign up for email delivery at kaisernetwork.org/email . The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report ispublished for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of The Henry J. Kaiser FamilyFoundation.

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