Hoog tijd voor brede toepassing van 'opting-out'-strategie bij hiv-tests

H. T. M. Dukers-Muijrers, R. L. J. Heijman, E. J. M. van Leent, R. A. Coutinho, H. F. J. Thiesbrummel, J. S. A. Fennema

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Abstract

--Despite the current active HIV test policy, the effects of the former policy are still visible, i.e. a relatively low number of individuals that have ever been tested for HIV. --The number of HIV tests and knowledge of current HIV status has increased among visitors to the STI clinic in Amsterdam. --Nevertheless, anonymous HIV surveillance among visitors to the STI clinic shows that a considerable proportion of HIV-infected individuals (24% of men who have sex with men (MSM) and 80% of heterosexuals) are unaware of the infection. --A new opting-out strategy for HIV testing in STI clinics is recommended. --The opting-out strategy may also be applicable to other medical settings, especially those that treat target populations such as MSM, heterosexuals with STI-related symptoms, and persons originating from AIDS-endemic regions. --The opting-out system was initiated in the Amsterdam STI clinic in 2007 in order to further reduce the number of undiagnosed HIV infections
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)2661-2665
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Volume151
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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