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HIV Testing: Time For a Change, and the Reasons Why


Published Date: 01/31/2022

Expiration Date: 12/07/2024

CE Credit: CME:1


Bernard M. Branson,MD

Bernard Branson, MD is a graduate of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and completed his postgraduate training at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He joined the CDC in 1990 and served as Associate Director for Laboratory Diagnostics in the Division of HIV/AIDs.

He has been involved with HIV testing for more than 30 years and led the effort to facilitate the introduction of rapid HIV tests into the U.S., served as lead author of CDC’s 2006 revised HIV screening recommendations and, most recently, was a key participant in the 2014 HIV testing algorithm updates.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the outcomes of HIV testing with the old “new” testing algorithm that uses an initial Antigen/Antibody immunoassay followed by an HIV-1/HIV-2 antibody discriminatory assay, and tests commercially available for these.
  • Understand the difference between HIV RNA tests for diagnosis versus monitoring.
  • Reconsider which baseline tests are essential before ART initiation.
  • Be able to describe the effects of PrEP and early effective therapy on HIV diagnostic tests.

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