WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – New guidelines were released by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force which assert that all clinical patients between the ages of 15 and 65 should be tested for HIV.
Additionally, the Task Force recommends that all teens and adults who are at risk, as well as pregnant women, should especially be tested for the virus known to cause AIDS.
“While the best way to reduce HIV-related disease and death is to avoid getting infected, screening is also extremely important,” Dr. Douglas K. Owens, a Task Force member, was quoted as saying by Medical News Today. “Nearly a quarter of people with HIV don’t know that they have it, and they’re missing out on a chance to take control of their disease.”
He added, “Universal screening will help identify more people with HIV, allowing them to start combined antiretroviral therapy earlier and live healthier and longer lives.”
The new guidelines are notably different…
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