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Routine HIV Screening Recommended for Most Americans

For immediate release:  February 09, 2005 

Boston, MA -- Routine HIV screening should be extended to most Americans, according to the findings of two research teams described in the February 10, 2005 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers at Yale, Harvard and the Massachusetts General Hospital found that such screening could increase survival, prevent transmission of the disease and be undertaken at reasonable cost relative to the benefit for society. Another team from the VA, Duke and Stanford Universities employed different data and methods and reached similar conclusions. An editorial in the same issue of NEJM calls explicitly for a change in US screening policies which currently recommend testing only in high risk groups.

"In today's environment of rapidly rising health-care costs, we should emphasize medical interventions that provide health improvements at an acceptable cost," said Milton Weinstein, a study co-author from the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health.  "Periodic HIV testing of people at high to moderate risk is as cost-effective as many clinical services that Americans take for granted, such as mammograms or cholesterol tests."

For complete information on the Yale/Harvard study see this link

Contact:
Robin Herman
Harvard School of Public Health
rherman@hsph.harvard.edu
(617) 432-4388