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Editor's Correspondence
Mar 26, 2012

What Is a Modest Public Health Impact?

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.