First Published on HIV Plus Mag, By Dr. Gerald Schochetman, June 27 2014
National HIV Testing Day reminds us that every nine and a half minutes, someone in the United States is infected with HIV, which is why we need to empower ourselves with the latest tools at our disposal.
It has been more than 30 years since HIV was first identified, and we have changed the course of this deadly disease. Breakthroughs in treatment in the mid-1990s have led to longer and healthier lives for people living with HIV and have resulted in dramatic declines in HIV-related deaths. HIV prevention has also saved countless lives—including an estimated 350,000 in the United States alone.
So why are many public health experts calling for an update to current HIV testing guidelines, that at least in part, depend on 25-year-old testing technology?