Presidential Executive Order Recommends ALL Americans Be Tested for HIV
An Executive Orders from two days ago was discovered by the website Before It's News on the White House website. In Executive Order - HIV Care Continuum Initiative President Barack Obama lays out his plan for dealing with HIV in America:
Besides paragraph after paragraph of statistics and verbage difficult to comprehend on the first read, this paragraph jumps out:
"Based on these and other data, recommendations for HIV testing and treatment have changed. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now recommends that clinicians screen all individuals ages 15 to 65 years for HIV, and the Department of Health and Human Services Guidelines for Use of Antiretroviral Agents now recommends offering treatment to all adolescents and adults diagnosed with HIV." (Bold lettering added for emphasis).
A relatively small percentage of the U.S. population is estimated to have HIV. The Executive Order lists an estimated 1.1 million Americans living with it. Many view such testing as extremely personal.
The order goes on to say:
"Furthermore, ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act provides a historic opportunity for Americans to access affordable, quality health care. The Act is expanding access to recommended preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs, including HIV testing, and, beginning in 2014, insurance companies will not be able to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions, including HIV."