Navigation Links
Guideline Urges HIV Tests for All Patients 13 and Older
Date:12/1/2008

Physicians' group, citing World AIDS Day, says colleagues can prevent spread of infection

MONDAY, Dec. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians should routinely screen all patients 13 years and older for HIV, says a new practice guideline released Monday by the American College of Physicians (ACP). HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.

In the United States, HIV affects more than one million people, and about 20,000 new infections are caused each year by people who don't know they have HIV. Screening can help identify undiagnosed cases of HIV infection and prevent further transmission of the virus.

"The purpose of the guideline is to present the available evidence to physicians as a way to help guide their decisions around screening for HIV in their practice," guideline lead author Dr. Amir Qaseem, senior medical associate in ACP's Clinical Programs and Quality of Care Department, said in a group news release. "ACP recommends that physicians adopt a routine screening policy for HIV and encourage their patients to get tested, regardless of their risk factors."

The new guideline, released on World AIDS Day, says doctors should offer initial screening to all patients and should determine the need for repeat screening intervals on a case-by-case basis. Patients at higher risk for HIV infection should be retested more frequently than patients at average risk.

High-risk patients include: those who've shared injection needles; had a blood transfusion between 1978 and 1985; have had unprotected sex with multiple partners; have a sexually transmitted disease, or have had unprotected sex with anyone in any of these risk categories.

Patients should talk to their doctors about their individual risk, says the guideline, which was published on the Annals of Internal Medicine Web site.

"The intent of this guideline is to help prevent the unwitting spread of HIV infection," Dr. Vincenza Snow, director of clinical programs and quality of care at ACP, said in the news release. "I would tell my patients that it's important to know your HIV status, so that you do not risk infecting anyone else. Besides, an AIDS test is very simple and quick, and can be performed during a routine exam."

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about HIV testing.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American College of Physicians, news release, Dec. 1, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Heart patients are often not treated in accordance with guidelines
2. Despite national guidelines, private insurers, ER, federal and state agencies fail to routinely test for HIV
3. AHIP Statement on New CMS Guidelines for Agent and Broker Commissions in Medicare Advantage
4. Tufts Nelson a leader on Physical Activity Guidelines advisory committee
5. ENT doctors release national guideline on treatment for common cause of dizziness
6. NQF Endorses Guidelines for Consumer-Focused Public Reporting
7. AAOS Issues New Treatment Guidelines for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
8. AGA releases evidence-based GERD guidelines
9. Vitamin D Guidelines Too Low for Cystic Fibrosis Kids
10. Children with cystic fibrosis not well covered by guidelines for vitamin D needs
11. YMCA of the USA Supports New National Physical Activity Guidelines
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Guideline Urges HIV Tests for All Patients 13 and Older
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice infestation, ... aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, and ... necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , As ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. Omkar Marathe earned his Bachelors in ... School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in Internal Medicine at Scripps Green Hospital ... at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he had the opportunity to train in ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom ... of success. In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high can result ... more than just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... June ... about the dangers associated with chronic pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, ... individuals who are suffering with Sickle Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. announced that 20 Florida attorneys ... peers for this recognition are considered among the top 2 percent of lawyers practicing ... members of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame: Miami Shareholders Mark D. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. , June 24, 2016  American Respiratory ... testing company, is now able to perform sophisticated lung assessments in ... Medical Technologies , Inc. Patients are no longer ... to ndd,s EasyOne PRO ® , ARL patients like Jeanne R. ... testing done in the comfort of her own home. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... --  Pulmatrix, Inc ., (NASDAQ: PULM ), ... today that it was added to the Russell Microcap ... set of U.S. and global equity indexes on June ... for Pulmatrix," said Chief Executive Officer Robert Clarke ... in developing drugs for crucial unmet medical needs, and ...
(Date:6/23/2016)...  MedSource announced today that it has selected ... of choice.  This latest decision demonstrates MedSource,s commitment ... clients by offering a state-of-the-art electronic data capture ... as the EDC platform of choice in exchange ... has long been a preferred EDC platform by ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: