Cost-effective: HIV tests for all in India

Kartik Venkatesh

“Testing even 800 million adults is a public health undertaking of a historic magnitude, but what we were able to show is that ... even under those dire circumstances, testing this frequently and this widely still was reasonable.” Credit: Karen Philippi

A new study using a sophisticated statistical tool, has determined that providing universal HIV testing for India’s billion-plus population every five years would prove to be a cost-effective approach to managing the epidemic, even with more intensive testing for high-risk groups. Results appear in the journal PLoS One.