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January 21, 2009

CDC Recommendations for Opt-Out HIV Testing

JAMA. 2009;301(3):274-276. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.1007

To the Editor: In their Special Communication, Dr Bartlett and colleagues1 noted that the benefits and harms of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for opt-out testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in health care settings have yet to be systematically assessed. Although the authors listed some possible metrics, their suggestions did not emphasize several critical potential outcomes and effects of opt-out testing.