Routine HIV Screening

CDC estimates that 1 in 6 Texans living with HIV have not been diagnosed. This means 18,000 Texans ages 13 and older may be infected with HIV, but not know it. Learn more about why it is important to implement routine screening now.

CDC issued revised recommendations for HIV screening in 2006 to help identify persons living with HIV earlier in the disease process and to remove barriers to testing such as separate signed consent and pre-test prevention counseling. The CDC recommends HIV screening for all persons seeking health care in medical settings between the ages 13 and 64 after they have been notified testing will be performed, unless they decline. Additionally, in 2013 the United States Preventive Services Task Force issued a Grade A Recommendation for HIV screening.

Benefits of routine HIV screening and the identification of HIV infection early in the disease process leads to:

  • Greater response to anti-retroviral therapy
  • Reduced viral load
  • Lower transmission of HIV
  • Improved quality of life


Learn which healthcare organizations are performing routine HIV screening as a standard of care. We are supporting screening efforts in hospital emergency departments and urgent care centers, primary health care, and correctional health settings in areas of Texas with the highest prevalence of HIV.


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Approximately 18,000 Texans are unaware of their HIV infection.

Knowledge is power. Learning one’s positive serostatus is the first step for newly diagnosed HIV patients to get linked to care and treated early in the disease process with the potential to have a nearly normal lifespan.
- C. Everett Koop, Former Surgeon General of the United States

Last updated May 24, 2021