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June 23/30, 1999

Anonymous HIV Testing and Medical Care—Reply

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(24):2282-2283. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-24-jbk0623

In Reply: We agree that the interval between individuals learning that they are HIV-positive and an AIDS diagnosis is too short. More effective strategies are needed to help individuals at risk for HIV infection learn about their health condition at an earlier stage in the disease process and to encourage them to use this information to quickly access medical care. Anonymous testing is the most proven effective strategy that has been developed to date.