June 26, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City health officials want every adult in the Bronx to voluntarily take an HIV test within three years.
The ambitious three-year campaign is expected to be announced Thursday.
Health officials say while Manhattan has the highest incidence of HIV and AIDS, the Bronx has the highest AIDS-related death rate.
They attribute the high death rate to Bronx residents who wait too long to take the test and find out they’re infected to treat the virus effectively. If caught early enough, the disease can be managed with medication.
Medical care givers in emergency rooms and clinics in the Bronx will begin making voluntary testing routine.
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