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Issue No. 18 | June 27, 2013

News and Features

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

National HIV Testing Day on June 27 serves to remind us of the importance of screening for HIV infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the more than 1.1 million people in the United States estimated to be living with HIV, approximately 20% are unaware of their HIV status. Federal guidelines recommend HIV testing for all people aged 15 to 65, as well as for younger adolescents and older adults who are at an increased risk for HIV infection. The guidelines also recommend that all pregnant women, including women in labor whose HIV status is unknown, be screened for HIV. 

Explore the AIDSinfo National HIV Testing Day webpage [en español] to learn more about this observance and find links to HIV testing resources.

HHS Releases New Public Health Service Guideline to Reduce Disease Transmission Through Organ Transplantation

“Today [June 19, 2013], the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new guideline to improve patient safety by reducing unexpected disease transmission through organ transplantation. This guideline updates the 1994 U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) guideline for preventing transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through organ transplantation and adds guidance for reducing unexpected transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) through organ transplants.

“The 2013 PHS Guideline for Reducing Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Hepatitis B Virus and Hepatitis C Virus Transmission through Organ Transplantation, published in Public Health Reports, recommends the use of more sensitive tests so that patients can be informed of risks to the greatest extent possible and protected from unintentional infections caused by transplanted organs.”

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