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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
August 20, 2014

Early HIV Detection Is Goal of Updated Testing Guidelines

JAMA. 2014;312(7):689. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.9640

Updated guidelines instruct US laboratories to use newer HIV tests that can detect infections several weeks earlier than previously used methods.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the guidelines in late June to coincide with National HIV Testing Day, which was first observed in 1995. “HIV testing is the linchpin for prevention and treatment,” Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, and TB Prevention, said in a statement.

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