Is Universal Testing the Answer to Bronx HIV Problem?
by Cara McDonough
The New York City Department of Health wants to make HIV testing a routine part of medical care in the Bronx, but the plan is meeting resistance.
The death rate from AIDS in the Bronx—one of New York City’s five boroughs—is nearly 10 times the national average, which health officials attribute to the fact that about 25 percent of residents “only learn they are affected after the disease has progressed to full-blown AIDS,” Time magazine reports.
The new plan, announced at the end of June, would encourage, but not require, HIV testing for all residents older than 18 during regular medical visits.
To achieve this goal, the health department has agreed to simplify the testing process in the Bronx, eliminating pretesting counseling normally required, which has some in the health industry worried.
See: Bronx Announces Effort To Test Every Adult in Borough for HIV