September 20, 2006 at 15:32 PM EDT
Dr. Coburn, U.S. Senator (R-OK), AIDS Healthcare Foundation, to Back CDC's New HIV Testing Guidelines
Senator Says CDC's Move to Make HIV Testing Part of Routine Health Care is Key to Controlling and Reducing the Number of Undiagnosed Individuals and Will Help Break the Chain of Infection

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Tom Coburn, U.S. Senator (R-OK) and AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) the nation's largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care serving thousands of patients, will host a press conference tomorrow, Thursday, September 21st at 11:30am in Washington, DC, at Russell Senate Office Building, Room 188, to announce support for new Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidelines for HIV/AIDS prevention and testing strategies. The new guidelines encourage U.S. medical providers to make HIV testing a "routine part of care in doctors' offices and clinics for all patients ages 13 through 64." The guidelines encourage linkages to care and treatment for those found to be HIV infected, and also suggest that, "(HIV)... screening should be routine, regardless of whether the patient is known or suspected to have specific behavioral risks for HIV infection."

Source: AIDS Healthcare Foundation

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