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New plans for routine HIV testing outlined by NICE

30th March 2017

HIV testing could be offered as part of routine practice under new plans from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The regulator has introduced a new draft quality standard that aims to improve the uptake of HIV testing among adults and young people aged 16 and over who may have undiagnosed HIV.

In the 20 local authority areas with an extremely high prevalence of HIV, patients may be offered an HIV test when admitted to hospital or attending an emergency department. This could benefit up to 3.7 million people in these areas.

Meanwhile, for 54 local authority areas where HIV rates are classed as high, HIV tests will be offered when registering with a GP or when having a blood test if they have not been tested in the last 12 months. As many as 7.9 million people could receive this option.

It is hoped that such interventions would facilitate timely treatment and reduce the risk of onward transmission of the condition.

Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at NICE, said: "There can be stigma and fear around having an HIV test; this needs to change so that HIV testing is seen as routine practice."

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