HIV Tests Become Part of Regular Check-ups

India
December 15, 2006 11:01am CST
HIV and the AIDS epidemic have both become a reality in all communities across the world. Although I personally do not know anyone who suffers from HIV, I think that these routine checks are necessary for early treatment. Also by being a routine test, many people might not feel so embarrassed to take one. These tests would definitely help people find out their condition quicker and provide for better treatment.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
15 Dec 06
as it stands no one really knows who is suffering from hiv or aids and yes i agree with you, such tests should be part of a general check up. What troubles me is that some people with hiv want to maintain their annonymity and keep this knowledge from us and therefore increase the risk
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• India
15 Dec 06
exactly.
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@love143 (170)
• India
15 Dec 06
There is sometimes a long period of time between when a person contracts HIV and when his or her immune system is so damaged by the virus that the person has the disease AIDS, which makes them vulnerable to deadly infections. Every year, new treatments, called anti-retroviral therapies, are being discovered that can extend the life of someone with HIV by decades. However, nearly 40 percent of individuals diagnosed with HIV are diagnosed within one year of developing AIDS -- too late for them to fully benefit from treatment. Reading and Discussion Questions In addition, people who don't know they have HIV are much more likely to pass it on to others. "We urgently need new approaches to reach the quarter-million Americans with HIV who do not realize they are infected," CDC director, Dr. Julia Gerberding, said at a media briefing.
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• India
15 Dec 06
Is it good to have HIV test as a part of regular check up? We have to be conscious.
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@starr4all (2865)
15 Dec 06
I think it should be part of routine check ups. That way in case someone forgets or is too embarrassed to ask for it, it will automatically be done.
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@Akeela (2080)
• Trinidad And Tobago
15 Dec 06
yes many people thing ok i have the flu what ever until they are really sick and do an all round check only to figure out they have full blown AIDS. Yes it should be a routine check.
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@mfrancq (1809)
• United States
15 Dec 06
This would actually also help decrease the spread of the disease. Many people walk around for a while with it before realizing it. By then it is to late and it has spread to someone else. I strongly agree with this! Good topic and thanks for bringing it up! If you take a look at the following site it will give you some more info on HIV and AIDS. http://www.thebody.com/amfar/ounce.html
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• Canada
15 Dec 06
HIV attacking human T-cells - .JPG image of HIV (the blue spheres you see) attacking a human t-cell.
This is an excellent point. Come to think of it, I can't think of a decent reason NOT to have HIV tests as routine STI tests. Why not just test for all STIs at the same time? I agree with you, it would do a lot to reduce the stigma of getting an HIV test. Any ideas on how we can promote this in the medical field? ~Wyrdsister
@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
24 Dec 06
I'd love to see it part of routine checkups. It wouldn't be hard to add it in with the other blood work they want done. Right now I know that the insurance companies and such say it is too expensive to do on everyone at a routine basis but they aren't thinking in long terms. If it is caught early then with treatment the progression of the disease can be slowed, people can take precautions to not spread the disease so more people do not get it. Over all it's a win situation. One problem is that many people cannot afford to go for routine checkups or pay for blood work. However if we had a national health care system that would change. I'm all for that one as well.
@Asimk12 (740)
• Pakistan
24 Dec 06
Yes,You seem to be "panicquing" for very little. Rest assured, the HIV virus is not transmitted so easely! But given your actual discomfort, I would strongly suggest you visit a doctor, and if need be, take a (confidential) HIV test to be re-assured. You can also get a lot of informations on HIV/Aids by viviting the following website: www.aids.about.com Good luck and take care of yourself!
@jayarajgr (818)
• India
16 Dec 06
We have 6 billion people in the world dear. Thats a huge number. Most of them dont even have regular meals a day. We cant think about giving them regular tests at this moment. Do you know that two third of the world population is below poverty line and dont have access to clean water and sanitation.
• France
16 Dec 06
Hello, I really agree with you, it's very difficult ...
• India
16 Dec 06
AIDS is not a disease anymore..its classified as a chronic manageable disorder.just like diabetes
@balabrahmam (1074)
• India
16 Dec 06
Yes its real fact but we want it because of themselves only if we chek it the hiv any doughts in our mind is clear and we will hope we rae free from the world dangerous problem is not effected us even before marriage hiv test is must govt should make a law for these because it is best for everyone
@icequeen (2843)
• Canada
16 Dec 06
Yes...that is a good idea...they should just be along with your regular blood tests..or a regular physical....
@hcprasad (1013)
• India
16 Dec 06
Routine checks are required for those whose routine is to meet different people at different times. Hence no check is required for those who are clean.
@michele609 (1687)
• United States
16 Dec 06
You are totally correct, I work in a doctors office that deal with HIV and AIDS patient everyday and it is becomeing the most popular diease in history, so I also recommend everyone to get a HIV testine done on about every 6 months or sooner!
• India
16 Dec 06
its always good to be safe .so HIV check before marriage is neccesary
@matt608 (843)
16 Dec 06
That sounds like a good idea, however it has probably allready been thought of but there are not enough funds available. It would cost a huge amount to implement even in just one country.
@coolcager (497)
• Costa Rica
16 Dec 06
yes it is. because of the wide spread dangerous sickness that can harm many people. because its really is deadly sooooo its a regular part of check ups. but dont feel embarrassed be proud that you dont have one.
• India
16 Dec 06
i agree.