The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued its official recommendation that all Americans between the ages of 15 and 64 undergo testing for HIV and AIDS. They posted their new guidelines on the web Monday.
The new, more aggressive guidelines include nearly all sexually active adults. Only those at the very lowest risk levels are excluded from the new guidelines, which previously included only those in high risk levels.
Though there are still roughly 50,000 new cases of HIV in the U.S. every year, expert Dr. Jeffrey D. Klausner of UCLA says more testing is needed:
"On a daily basis, people come into the hospital and are not offered an HIV test. They go to the doctor for a checkup and are not offered an HIV test," Klausner said to the L.A. Times. "As an AIDS provider, I regularly see people who have missed the opportunity to be diagnosed, and so they present to me with end-stage cancers and infections."
by RTT Staff Writer
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