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Published on Feb 6, 2014
Family Planning providers play a key role in diagnosing HIV infections and linking patients into medcial care. In recent years the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has begun a push to make HIV testing a normal part of regular health care. Referred to as "routine testing", this approach seeks to decrease the stigma associated with HIV testing by making it acceptable and expectable. Many healthcare providers in the US have already adopted an "opt-out" policy with regard to consent for HIV testing. Patients are given HIV tests along with routine blood-work, unless they specifically request that it not be done. In addition to decreasing stigma, this approach seeks to increase the number of people who know their HIV status, which will lead to better management of the disease for those who are positive, and ultimately result in fewer new infections.