Understanding the Impact of New Treatments on HIV Testing: Summary of a Forum

Recognizing this as a critical time in the HIV epidemic, the Kaiser Family Foundation convened a meeting on January 28 – 30, 1998 to re-examine HIV testing. Participants from community agencies, advocacy groups, national associations, and all levels of government, as well as researchers and legal experts, were brought together. This document summarizes their discussions on current understanding of and new research on HIV testing, identifying key concerns, and discussions on how to enhance HIV testing programs and policies. The primary principle which emerged during the meeting was that knowledge of HIV status is desirable because it allows individuals to make informed treatment and prevention decisions.