Wednesday, March 4, 2015

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that by diagnosing people with HIV and providing these people with the right care and treatment,
we can prevent over 90 percent of new HIV transmissions.

“Positive or negative, an HIV test opens the door to prevention. For someone who is positive, it can be the gateway to care and the signal to take steps to protect partners from infection. For someone who tests negative, it can be a direct link to important prevention services to help them stay HIV-free,” said Dr. Eugene McCray, director of CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.

The CDC reports that
9 in 10 new U.S. HIV infections come from people not receiving HIV care
Universal testing would help identify and treat the rising syphilis cases, as well.