Promoting Routine HIV Testing For National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Content From: HIV.govPublished: February 05, 20091 min read


During the week leading up to National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness DayExit Disclaimer, we reinforce the Federal recommendations for routine HIV testing in healthcare settings. Here’s what the CDC’s Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings say:

“In all health-care settings, screening for HIV infection should be performed routinely for all patients aged 13-64 years. Health-care providers should initiate screening unless prevalence of undiagnosed HIV infection in their patients has been documented to be < 0.1%. In the absence of existing data for HIV prevalence, health-care providers should initiate voluntary HIV screening until they establish that the diagnostic yield is < 1 per 1,000 patients screened, at which point such screening is no longer warranted.”

You can learn more about the rationale behind routine HIV testing from the CDC—and you can subscribe to CDC’s email updates on HIV testing to make sure you get the latest news!

Agency Responsible for Implementation

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention