Authorities have decided upon a resolution bound to implement HIV tests. In the past, people believed that those infected with HIV are sentenced to death. Due to the advance of medicine and technology, scientists have demonstrated that things are no longer that crucial, the condition being treatable after twenty years of analysis.
This disease became a manageable one. Thus the person who gets diagnosed with HIV positive will immediately undergo the necessary treatment. Keeping this in mind, on December 1st, Pittsburgh City Council will decide upon a Will of Council requiring for the implementation of HIV tests during medical checkups performed by medical personnel.
As far as we know, December 1st, 2016 has been appointed as the 28th annual World AIDS Day. Care providers from Pennsylvania will be urged to offer the necessary test for all AIDS patients. Corey O’Connor, the Councilman, has argued that this type of law is the perfect example of legislation that could be adopted across the whole state.
Based on the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Annual HIV Surveillance Summary Report, approximately 2,830 individuals from Allegheny County were diagnosed with HIV and are fighting with the disease. Andrew Ptaschinski, an official from the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, claimed that the number of AIDS patients had remained constant, the figures showing 150 patients per year.
What is even more striking is that 20% of the inhabitants of the county are not even aware of the fact that they are HIV-positive. More accurate statistics have proved that approximately 14% out of 1.2 million Americans do not even know that they have this disease. This could be extremely dangerous, regarding the fact that they could transmit the illness without them even knowing it.
Curt Conrad, Mr. O’Connor’s chief of staff, has declared that due to these statistics, there exist a large number of people who are at risk of getting infected. He asserted in the name of the officials that they are not forcing anybody to do something they don’t want to do, but considering the current situation, it is advisable for everyone to get tested.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had first recommended back in 2008 that all individuals, irrespective of the risk factors, should offer to get HIV tests to develop a routine preventive care. Unfortunately, this advice was not enforced by authorities. Medical staff and officials should work together to implement this testing method helpful for everyone.
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