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July 2001

Improving Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing for Adolescents

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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(7):761-762. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.7.761

WHILE THE United States has made significant headway in its efforts to reduce the rate of pregnancy in adolescents,1 the same cannot yet be said for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention efforts for adolescents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta, Ga), approximately 37% of reported HIV infections in the United States occur among adolescents and young adults (I am assuming that many individuals who are diagnosed between the ages of 25 and 29 years were infected when they were younger than 25 years).2 This, coupled with the fact that many at-risk adolescents and young adults remain untested and undiagnosed, lends urgency to efforts to improve testing services for this population.