Implementing HIV Testing Recommendations
Test, Diagnose, and Link to Care: The Sooner the Better
HIV testing technologies have progressed and clinical trials have demonstrated that antiretroviral therapy (ART) and suppressed viral loads improve health and reduce HIV transmission. Routine screening can identify HIV patients early allowing for faster linkage to care and treatment which can reduce HIV transmission to others.
- Including HIV screening alongside routine tests (blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, for example) allows for earlier identification while helping to reduce the stigma associated with HIV.
- Patients with newly diagnosed HIV infection should be linked to HIV care and treatment as quickly as possible to improve health outcomes.
- Linkage to care and treatment can reduce sexual and perinatal transmission of HIV.
- There is evidence that people who test HIV-positive take steps to keep others from being exposed to the virus
Testing your patients helps them to reduce risky behavior that can transmit HIV.