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Why Many HIV-Positive Teens Aren't Getting Tested

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Credit: Stephanie HughesFebruary 5, 2014

Many teenagers with HIV are not getting treatment for the disease until the virus is in advanced stages.  That’s the finding of a study published this week in JAMA Pediatrics.  It was a retrospective study of 13 clinic sites around the country, including one in Baltimore.  They looked at new patients ages 12 to 24 who were infected nonperinatally--that is, infected through behavior, not at birth. 

It was led by Dr. Allison Agwu, an infectious disease specialist at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Here, Sheilah Kast talks with Dr. Agwu about the results--and possible reasons behind the delay in getting treatment.  She says that not all providers are comfortable talking about HIV testing with teenagers.

Read this study here, and check out another study on how doctors discuss sexuality with teens during visits

Produced by Stephanie Hughes

In this web extra, hear Allison Agwu discuss best practices for keeping HIV-positive teenagers in care.

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