Summary of Recommendations
We recommend that health care providers know the HIV status of all patients under their care.
Specifically, we recommend that providers offer an HIV test:
- Routinely, every five years, to all patients aged 18-70 years
- Routinely, every year, to all patients aged 18-70 years who belong to populations with a higher burden of HIV infection
- Once at age 70 or older if the patient’s HIV status is not known
AND offer an HIV test to patients including adults 18-70, youth and the elderly, whenever:
- Ordering diagnostic blood-work for a new or worsening medical condition
- They present with symptoms of HIV infection or advanced HIV disease
- They or their providers identify a risk for HIV acquisition
- They request an HIV test
- They are pregnant
- You test for or diagnose a sexually transmitted infection (STI), hepatitis C, hepatitis B or tuberculosis
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