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HIV/AIDS Task Force Recommends Testing For Everyone Ages 15 To 65


The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force for HIV and AIDS has issued an official recommendation that everyone between the ages of 15 and 65 be tested for the deadly diseases.

The task force, which was created in 2005, issued their official recommendation on Monday. Task force member Dr. Doug Owens of Stanford University says that while HIV/AIDS instances are down in the U.S., it's still a massive problem:

"HIV is a critical public health problem, and there are still 50,000 new infections per year," said Owens. "There's very good evidence that treatment is effective when given earlier, at a time when people are often asymptomatic. So the only way they would know that they had HIV, or that they needed treatment, is to be screened."

"We hope that now, with all groups recommending really similar things, the message will get out," Owens said.

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