Universal HIV testing could help end HIV (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Have you reveived your regular health checkup, and did it include an HIV test?

Scientists are telling us we need to change how we think about HIV. If we don't, thousands of cases could remain undiagnosed and untreated. About one-quarter of Canadians living with HIV are unaware of their HIV-positive status, reinforcing the need for a paradigm shift in our national approach to testing.

Routing, universal HIV testing could be a key to halting the spread of the disease. Diagnosing HIV early in the course of infection is important. Early initiation of highly effective antiretroviral therapy (ART) reduces the risk of illness, promotes longevity and significantly reduces onward HIV transmission. Today, a eprson living with HIV on sustained treatment can have a life expectancy approach that of the general population.

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