Letter to the Editor

Know the New HIV Testing Guidelines?

Authors: Pradeepthi Badugu, MD, Steven Lippmann, MD


To the Editor: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing identifies people infected with HIV.1 A positive assay confirms the diagnosis and provides an opportunity for lifesaving treatment. Accurate detection in an early stage of illness allows pharmacotherapy that could decrease disease severity and reduce viral transmission.2
Posted in: Infectious Disease117 Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) And Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection13

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1. Branson BM, Owen SM, Wesolowski LG, et al. Laboratory testing for the diagnosis of HIV infection: updated recommendations. https://stacks.cdc.gov/view/cdc/23447. Accessed October 26, 2018.
2. Brenner BG, Roger M, Routy JP, et al. High rates of forward transmission events after acute/early HIV-1 infection. J Infect Dis 2007;195:951-959.
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vital signs.: HIV prevention through care and treatment-United States. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2011;60:1618-1623.