Test and Treat: A Clinical Debate

Test and Treat: A Clinical Debate

August 2010
Laura Cheever on Test and Treat

Clinical debate of the mathematical theory that HIV/AIDS can be eliminated from society if all adults are tested regularly and all infected persons are put on antiretroviral therapy—regardless of CD4 level. 

Debate convened during the 2010 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Grantee Meeting.  Panelists:

  • Overview of the Theory: Laura Cheever, MD, MS, HRSA, Deputy Associate Administrator for HIV/AIDS. 
  • Test and Treat Pros: Michael Saag, MD, Professor and Division Director, University of Alabama at Birmingham. 
  • Test and Treat Cons: Ron Goldschmidt, MD, San Francisco General Hospital and Director, National HIV/AIDS Clinicians' Consultation Center.
  • The Discussion: Panelists engage in further debate, joined by Kathleen Clanon, MD, Medical Director, HIV ACCESS.  Audience members also vote their preferences.

Read a summary of the debate in the conference Daily Update (page 18).

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