The CDC has finally decided to say that testing for HIV should be part of any routine blood work that’s done.
My response to this is “DUH!”
I fail to understand why this wasn’t done the instant that they realized that they had a cheap effective test. The cost for an AIDS test is about $45. A type and crossmatch, which is done every time that there is a blood transfusion, is about twice that price at $89. Since early detection leads to increased life spans and the test is almost inconsequentally expensive, I don’t really understand why it hasn’t be required before now.
My personal feeling is that everyone should be tested periodically. I don’t care if you’re 90 and live alone. If everyone has it done, it’s fair. If you are positive, you should be requred to get a small tattoo of a “+” in an easily conceable area, but one which could easily be checked by a prospective sex partner. That way those who get it cannot continue to spread it to the unsuspecting. I know of at least two individuals who did this to the great detriment of their…uh…companions.