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Panel wants regular HIV tests for adults

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

 

An independent panel that sets screening guidelines wants to make testing for the AIDS virus as common as cholesterol checks.

The panel recommends that all Americans age 15-64 should get an HIV test at least once, not just people considered at high risk.

More than one million Americans are currently living with HIV, but nearly a quarter of a million of them don't know they have the virus.

That not only puts their health at risk without treatment, but they could unknowingly spread the virus to others.

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