Over time, three potential strategies for HIV testing have been considered by public health and public policy officials: 1) universal testing with patient notification and right of refusal, also called “opt-out” testing; 2) voluntary testing with pretest counseling regarding risks and benefits, also called “opt-in” testing; and 3) mandatory testing with no right of refusal. In order to understand their ethical merits, each is considered briefly in the sections that follow. Increasingly, national organizations and federal agencies have recommended opt-out testing in preference to other strategies.
Although the American research Robert Gallo at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) believed he was the first to find HIV, it is now generally accepted that the French physician Luc Montagnier (1932-) and his team at the Pasteur Institute discovered HIV in 1983-84.
* Past year testing was assessed during the interview by asking participants, “When did you have your most recent HIV test? Please tell me the month and year.” A missed opportunity was defined as a visit to a health care provider in the past 12 months for a person who did not report past year HIV testing or as not being offered an HIV test at any health care visits for a person who did not report past year HIV testing and had visited a health care provider in the past year.
AIDS is an infectious disorder that suppresses the normal function of the immune system. It is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which destroys the body’s ability to fight infections. Specific cells of the immune system that are responsible for the proper response to infections (T cells) are destroyed by this virus. Characteristically a person infected with HIV initially experiences no symptoms for a variable period of time. This may be followed by the development of persistent generalized swelling of the lymph nodes (AIDS-related lymphadenopathy). Eventually most patients infected with HIV experience a syndrome of symptoms that includes excessive fatigue, weight loss, and/or skin rashes.
AIDS is one of the most devastating worldwide public health problems in recent history. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that in 2006 944,000 people in the United States had been diagnosed with AIDS since the disease was identified in 1981. In 2006, an additional 1-1.2 million Americans were diagnosed as infected with HIV but not yet showing symptoms (HIV positive). However, in early 2009, the CDC issued a statement that they now thought that earlier the HIV-positive estimates were too low, as many more people than were originally estimated are living with unreported or undiagnosed HIV infection.
Universal precautions within the health care environment are believed to be effective in decreasing the risk of HIV. Intravenous drug use is an important risk factor and harm reduction strategies such as needle-exchange programs and opioid substitution therapy appear effective in decreasing this risk.
The resistance of these rare individuals to HIV infection has now been explained by the discovery that they are homozygous for an allelic, nonfunctional variant of CCR5 caused by a 32-base-pair deletion from the coding region that leads to a frameshift and truncation of the translated protein. The gene frequency of this mutant allele in Caucasoid populations is quite high at 0.09 (meaning that about 10% of the Caucasoid population are heterozygous carriers of the allele and about 1% are homozygous). The mutant allele has not been found in Japanese or black Africans from Western or Central Africa. Heterozygous deficiency of CCR5 might provide some protection against sexual transmission of HIV infection and a modest reduction in the rate of progression of the disease. In addition to the structural polymorphism of the gene, variation of the promoter region of the CCR5 gene has been found in both Caucasian and African Americans. Different promoter variants were associated with different rates of progression of disease.
Merely having HIV does not mean a person has AIDS. AIDS is an advanced stage of HIV infection and requires that the person have evidence of a damaged immune system. That evidence comes from at least one of the following:
Persons unaware of their human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection are estimated to account for approximately 40% of ongoing transmissions in the United States (1). As a result of increased testing, the percentage of persons living with HIV who are aware of their infection has steadily increased; at the end of 2014, an estimated 85% of persons living with HIV were aware of their infection, approaching the national goal of 90% by 2020 (2). Persons aware of their HIV infection reduce their transmission risk behaviors and can enter HIV care and take antiretroviral treatment to achieve viral suppression (a viral load result of <200 copies/mL, or undetectable levels) (3). Viral suppression not only preserves immune function, decreasing a person’s risk for morbidity and mortality, but also profoundly reduces risk for sexual transmission to others (4–6). Early detection of HIV infection maximizes these benefits. In 2008 in the United States approximately 1.2 million people were living with HIV, resulting in about 17,500 deaths. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that in 2008 20% of infected Americans were unaware of their infection. As of 2016 about 675,000 people have died of HIV/AIDS in the USA since the beginning of the HIV epidemic. In the United Kingdom as of 2015 were approximately 101,200 cases which resulted in 594 deaths. In Canada as of 2008 there were about 65,000 cases causing 53 deaths. Between the first recognition of AIDS in 1981 and 2009 it has led to nearly 30 million deaths. Prevalence is lowest in Middle East and North Africa at 0.1% or less, East Asia at 0.1% and Western and Central Europe at 0.2%. The worst affected European countries, in 2009 and 2012 estimates, are Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Moldova, Portugal and Belarus, in decreasing order of prevalence. The diagnosis for malaria is conducted by analyzing blood for malarial parasites. Prescription drugs can be used to cure individuals of malaria depending on the type of malarial infection, severity of infection, and other factors. [redirect url='http://penetratearticles.info/bump' sec='7']