Editor's Correspondence
Mar 26, 2012

What Is a Modest Public Health Impact?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: ATIP-Avenir Inserm U738, Université Paris Diderot, and Service des Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales, Hôpital Bichat Claude Bernard, Paris, France (Dr Yazdanpanah); Divisions of General Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston (Dr Walensky); Conseil National de Sida, Paris (Dr Rozenbaum); Groupe d’Expert sur la Prise en charge médicale des personnes infectées par le VIH, Paris (Dr Yeni); and Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut (Dr Paltiel).

Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(6):521-522. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.1876

d’Almeida et al1 evaluated routine human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening in 29 emergency departments (EDs). We believe that the results of this study are open to very different interpretations and conclusions:

Further studies are needed to understand how to identify patients with undiagnosed HIV infection. We commend d’Almeida et al1 on their findings, which we believe, lend further evidence to the value of expanded and routine rather than targeted HIV testing.

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