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December 21, 2010

Expanded Testing in U.S. Could Significantly Prevent HIV

Expanding HIV testing in the United States could prevent more than 80,000 cases during the next 20 years, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and reported by Reuters. The study found that one-time testing of low-risk individuals and once-a-year testing for high-risk individuals (such as gay and bisexual men, African Americans and injection drug users) could prevent 81,991 HIV cases. In addition, putting 75 percent of those diagnosed with the virus on treatment would prevent more than 212,000 HIV cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone be tested at least once, but no funding has been allotted to reach that goal. According to the study, expanding testing would cost almost $27 billion during 20 years.

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