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U.S. Task Force Recommends HIV testing For Everyone Between 15 and 65

| by Michael Allen

The U.S. Preventative Task Force is recommending that all Americans, between the ages of 15 and 65, get tested for HIV.

The task force is an independent panel of primary care providers, who hope to slow down the new cases of HIV and speed up the treatment of people infected, reports ABC News.

Dr. Doug Owens, a leader of the task force, told ABC NEWS: “HIV screening is an important way to help people who have HIV, and also to prevent transmission.”

Dr. Carlos Del Rio, co-director of the Emory Center for AIDS research in Atlanta, said: “People are terrible at knowing their own risk. And doctors are terrible at asking them about risk. It can be difficult to discuss sex and drugs with our patients.”

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The U.S. Preventative Task Force’s guidelines are used by Medicare and insurance companies to determine what medical tests should be covered.

Even with tens of millions of dollars being used to educate Americans, the number of people in the U.S. living with HIV has been increasing over the last five years.

Up to 20 percent of the 1.2 million people in the U.S. who are currently carrying HIV have no idea that they have contracted the virus.