Monday, December 01, 2008

health care: ignorance and fear are deadly

The American College of Physicians, is urging its members to offer testing to all patients older than age 13 for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, as a way to identify people who unknowingly carry the disease and might pass it to others.

“ACP recommends that physicians adopt a routine screening policy for HIV and encourage their patients to get tested, regardless of their risk factors ...”

The college joined at least three other doctors’ groups -- the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists -- that have endorsed wider testing.

Ignorance and fear are deadly ALL the time, not just on December 1st, World AIDS Day.

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
musings: Patrick Ponders ...

1 comment:

  1. hmmmm not sure how I feel about this; I don't think I would go ahead with the testing if encouraged to nor do I think I would encourage my kids to be tested unless they had some of the risk factors associated with contracting it. just don't know........



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