Feds Want More HIV Testing

1 decade 1 year 11 months ago Friday, September 22 2006 Sep 22, 2006 Friday, September 22, 2006 8:41:30 PM CDT September 22, 2006 in News

"I don't think they're being alarmist," said Bill Monroe of the Boone County Health Department. "I think they're just seeing there are a lot of folks out there who have HIV and don't know it, and they want people to be tested."

Monroe said the CDC also hoped to soften the stigma of HIV.

"It's pretty much being seen as a chronic, manageable disease, just like any other chronic, manageable disease like diabetes or heart disease," he explained.

Brad Hall, of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, said early detection of HIV is essential because 25%-30% of new patients already have developed AIDS when they're diagnosed with HIV. So, Hall said, paying for more HIV testing is less costly in the long run.

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