CDC estimates that 1 in 6 Texans aged 13 and older are living with undiagnosed HIV. This means that 18,000 Texans may be infected with HIV, but not know it. Learn more about why it is important to implement routine screening now.
CDC issued revised recommendations for HIV screening in 2006 to help identify persons living with HIV earlier in the disease process and to remove barriers to testing such as separate signed consent and pre-test prevention counseling. The CDC recommends HIV screening for all persons seeking health care in medical settings between the ages 13 and 64 after they have been notified testing will be performed, unless they decline. Additionally, in 2013 the United States Preventive Services Task Force issued a Grade A Recommendation for HIV screening.
Benefits of routine HIV screening and the identification of HIV infection early in the disease process leads to:
- Greater response to anti-retroviral therapy
- Reduced viral load
- Lower transmission of HIV
- Improved quality of life