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New USPSTF HIV Testing Recommendation Paves the Way for Increased Testing and Timely HIV Diagnosis in the U.S.

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This week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a new Recommendation Statement on screening for HIV, giving a “Grade A” recommendation for routine HIV screening for all people aged 15 to 65, as well as younger adolescents and older adults who are at an increased risk for HIV infection. It also gave a…

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for HIV

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 30, 2013 – The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) today released its final recommendation statement on screening for HIV. The Task Force recommends that clinicians screen all people aged 15 to 65, as well as younger adolescents and older adults who are at an increased risk for HIV infection….

Minority Health Determines the Health of the Nation

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April is National Minority Health Month, and one of the most important health issues for minorities that we can highlight for this month is HIV. The estimated lifetime risk for a diagnosis of HIV infection is a key measure of the disparities that exist for this disease in the United States. CDC estimates that were…

HIV Among MSM Examined at CROI

Ronald Valdiserri

The ongoing disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS borne by gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States as well as around the world was the topic of a number of sessions and posters at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections  in Atlanta this week. In a compelling…

CDC Director Frieden Opens CROI

Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC

Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opened the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections  (CROI) in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, March 3, 2013. In welcoming the more than 4,000 conference participants from 91 countries to the city in which CDC is headquartered, Dr. Frieden reflected on both…

Report on HIV Testing in HRSA-Funded Health Centers

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Earlier this month, the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report on a study about HIV testing practices at HRSA-funded health centers. These health centers are important partners in our coordinated efforts to achieve the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS): reducing new HIV…

Rapid, On-site HIV Testing: Increases Life Expectancy and Is Cost-effective

Dr. Jacques Normand

Incorporating rapid HIV testing in drug treatment programs is both cost effective and increases life expectancy for an HIV-positive person, according to an NIH-funded study published in September 2012 in the journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence . This study expands upon a previous finding of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network Rapid…

Family Planning Providers Key in Fight Against HIV

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Trends in HIV Testing in Title X Service Sites

The Title X Family Planning Program, administered by the HHS Office of Population Affairs (OPA), provides funding to more than 4,000 service delivery sites across the country to support voluntary, confidential, and low-cost education, counseling, testing, and related preventive health services that allow individuals and couples to plan and space births. The family planning service…