Call to Action: Annual HIV or AIDS Tests for Women. by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 6 December 2019

Dear Ones,

Recently I looked over a very good study which states that lifetime risk of HIV infection in the United States is 1 in 68 for men and 1 in 253 for women …

Link: “Lifetime Risk of a Diagnosis of HIV Infection in the United States,” by Kristen L. Hess, PhD, MPH, Xiaohong Hu, MS, Amy Lansky, PhD, MPH, Jonathan Mermin, MD, and H. Irene Hall, PhD, MPH, HHS Public Access Author Manuscript, Ann. Epidemiol. published in final edited form as: Ann Epidemiol. 2017 April ; 27(4): 238-243, doi:10.1016/j.annepidem.2017.02.003 … https://stacks.cdc.gov/view/cdc/46891/cdc_46891_DS1.pdf?This is a pdf file.

What am I missing here? Is it not true that most men in the United States date women? Do one in three United States men never date women, but only distribute HIV infection amongst their subgroup?

It seems to me more likely that the lifetime risk of HIV infection amongst United States women is about the same as that for men, but that because the medical profession guidelines for subgroups at risk are faulty, women are not being tested for HIV infection concomitantly with their level of risk.

My suggestion is this: That the medical profession suggest to each patient … whether man, woman or child … that they be tested for HIV (or for AIDS, if they are already HIV-positive), as part of the annual wellness checkup.

n love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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