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USPSTF's Recommendations for HIV Screening Catch Up with CDC's — Physician’s First Watch

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November 26, 2012

USPSTF's Recommendations for HIV Screening Catch Up with CDC's

Updating recommendations that advocated HIV testing only for people at high risk, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now conforms with a 2006 CDC recommendation that everyone be screened.

Paul Sax, in his HIV and ID Observations blog, writes that unlike other screening tests, HIV testing "identifies a clinically silent, eventually deadly infection that is both treatable and can be spread to others." He speculates about the USPSTF's change of heart, and welcomes them, at last, to the club.

Reader Comments (2)

Mary B. Donovan

The first question my patients (30% Medicare only, 20% Virginia Medicaid, rest commercial or no insurance) ask is "Will my insurance cover this?" And my answer is " Don't know". At least on Medicare's Welcome to Medicare and annual wellness visit, it's covered only for those at risk.

Competing interests: None declared

Stephen A Wilson

Yes, we should screen, but how often? Once does not seem enough for some, but is one too many for people who are zero risk.

Competing interests: None declared

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