ACP Recommends Routine HIV Screening

The American College of Physicians (ACP) gave physicians a call-to-action during World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, to routinely encourage HIV screening to all patients 13 years and older.

“ACP recommends that physicians adapt a routine screening policy for HIV and encourage their patients to get tested, regardless of their risk factors,” said Amir Qaseem, MD, PhD, MHA, senior medical associate in ACP’s Clinical Programs and Quality of Care department and the lead author of the guideline.

The second part of this guideline recommends physicians determine the need for repeat screening on an individual basis. Patients at higher risk for HIV should be tested more frequently.

Patients are considered at risk if they have shared injection drug needles or have had a blood transfusion between 1978 and 1985. Sexual practices putting patients at risk include having unprotected sex with multiple partners, having a sexually transmitted disease (STD), or engaging in unprotected sex with anyone else who is at risk.

This new practice guideline for HIV screening appears in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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2 Responses to “ACP Recommends Routine HIV Screening”

  1. Mary Kay Jeskey says:

    So the recommendation is to screen all patients 13 and older ‘regardless of risk factors’? Then why list the risk factors? This is solely to make money for someone or some company. I don’t have any risk factors, therefor have NO reason to have a needless HIV test in my medical record.

  2. Bobbi Lee Rivas, CPC says:

    If the recommendation highly encourages the screening of all patients 13 years and older regardless of risk factors – Are they aware of the out-of-pocket expense that this will create for patients and families??? Not only would it be pointless to have a list of ‘Risk’ factors, but try to convince an insurance company that you had yourself or your child tested just because of a recommendation – and that there was truely no ‘Risk’ factor reason. Sounds like a can of worms, where those who are doing the recommending won’t be the commonfolk dealing with the aftermath long-term. Medical records follow us like credit reports. Easy to get items in there, but darn near impossible to have them cleared!

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