Medical News & Perspectives
January 28, 2009

Clinicians Advised to Step Up HIV Tests

JAMA. 2009;301(4):366. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.990

Experts in HIV/AIDS care have called upon physicians and other health professionals in the United States to follow federal recommendations issued more than 2 years ago that call for routine HIV testing of all patients aged 13 to 64 years.

Since the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the recommendations in 2006, some headway has been made in increasing the number of patients tested routinely. Even so, experts meeting at a national summit in Alexandria, Va, in late November said routine HIV testing has not been widely implemented.

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