Monday, July 6, 2009

Make HIV testing routine

The Boston Globe has an interesting editorial today in support of a bill sponsored by Somerville state senator, Pat Jehlen, which calls for the state to make HIV testing as routine as getting your cholesterol tested.

The writer makes some compelling points such as, "31 percent of those testing positive for the virus become afflicted with full-blown AIDS within two months. This means that for years they have been unknowingly infected, missing out on treatment and likely infecting others."

The AIDS Action Committee of MA (AAC) has addressed this issue on their blog with an entry entitled, "Massachusetts Needs an Integrated Comprehensive HIV Testing Plan".

I'm not familiar with the bill, and I'm curious what your thoughts might be? The full editorial can be read on or by linking here.

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