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"I don't think anyone at CDC anticipated that we would test the whole country in a single year," Branson said.
But in pilot projects around the country, "people are taking the recommendations to heart and implementing them as much as was feasible for them," he added. Moreover, "we find people are very receptive to being tested, and there was concern about that before."
Indeed, studies presented Thursday suggest more than 80 percent of emergency-room patients were amenable to an HIV test while most ER workers opposed testing them. Why? Presumably because ERs are so busy and there's confusion about how much HIV counseling is needed.
But Bartlett demonstrated how to quickly give people a chance to either opt out or request counseling: "Mr. Jones, you're going to have a cholesterol test, a blood count, and an HIV test -- and by the way we do the HIV test on everybody because that's what the CDC has recommended. Is there any part of this that you want more information about or you don't want to have?"
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