It is estimated that 1 in 5, or 20%, of those infected with HIV in the U.S. are unaware of their status. The issue is particularly urgent among young African American and Latino men who have sex with men (MSM). In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released revised HIV screening recommendations for adults and adolescents in healthcare settings; unfortunately the recommendations were largely ignored. As a result, in 2007 the ACO launched the Mayor's Testing Initiative which sought to get up to 1 million Angelenos to know their HIV status. Since then, we have partnered with St. John's Well Child & Family Center, the Saban Free Clinic, and Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and other community partners to dramatically increase routine HIV testing in clinical settings.
In 2012, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a draft recommending that clinicians routinely screen adolescents and adults ages 15 to 65 years for HIV infection giving our efforts a further boost.
CDC's 2006 Revised HIV Testing Recommendations:
USPSTF 2012 Recommendations:
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Exam de VIH juntos (Spanish)
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