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      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1,178,350 Americans are living with HIV; of those, approximately 40,000 are unaware of their HIV-positive status. Increasing the number of persons who are aware of their status is a critical strategy for preventing HIV infections. As of 2008, over half a million African Americans are estimated to be infected with HIV, with 21.4% undiagnosed. To increase awareness of HIV status, CDC established the Expanded Testing Initiative (ETI), under which three programs have been launched. In 2007,CDC implemented PS07-768 Expanded and Integrated Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Testing for Populations Disproportionately Affected by HIV, Primarily African American. It was followed by PS10-10138: Expanded Human Immunodeficiency Virus(HIV) Testing for Disproportionately Affected Populations (2010-2011), which in turn was incorporated into PS12-1201: Comprehensive Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Prevention Programs for Health Departments (2012-2017). Overall, ETI is aimed at (1) significantly increasing the number of persons tested in jurisdictions with a high rate of HIV among disproportionately affected populations and (2) supporting implementation of the Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings. Publication date from document properties HIV-expanded-testing-program.pdf
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