Not Many People Have Regular HIV Tests

November 21, 2008

(ChattahBox) — Two years ago federal government recommended for emergency patients and those making doctor’s office visits to undergo regular HIV tests. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended in 2006 that everyone of age 13 to 64 be routinely tested in medical encounters with an option to opt out of the test if they want.

The results of large scale studies in this regard were presented at the conference in Arlington which indicated that the advice is not generally followed. The studies further showed that only 5 percent of the patients with evidence of serious illness actually undergo the tests. There are approximately 1.2 million individuals today in the US that are thought to be living with HIV/AIDS today. However, nearly a quarter of these individual does not know their HIV status and never undergo regular tests.

“HIV is a life-threatening disease that is so grossly under-diagnosed and under-treated in this country,” said Veronica Miller said in a briefing on the two-day Summit on HIV Testing. She is the director of the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research, an independent public-private partnership based at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. “Testing for HIV should be as routine as a flu shot. A few hospitals are implementing routine testing in their emergency departments, but these are few and far between.” Pregnant women have to be necessarily tested for HIV and their unborn baby as well but nearly 40 percent of these women never undergo these tests.

The main reason is because insurers will not pay for these tests and many doctors are wary of spending time on it. Some of the large private insurers have started covering these tests after government’s recommendations. United Health Group, Aetna Inc in Hartford, Connecticut, Cigna Group of Philadelphia are some of the insurers that have begun covering these tests but smaller insurers and federal programs such as Medicare and the Federal Health Employees Benefit Program do not cover these tests.


2 Responses to “Not Many People Have Regular HIV Tests”

  1. Tom White on November 21st, 2008 8:29 am

    The so-called HIV “tests” do NOT actually measure the presence of a virus. Moreover, there are at least 70 things which people might normally ingest which cause what are called “false positives”. It’s time the truth about the so-called HIV tests is revealed. They do NOT work. It’s junk science. I am a pharmaceutical chemist who has studied this situation for many years.

  2. Tom White on November 21st, 2008 8:41 am

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