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Government Task Force Recommends HIV Testing For All Adults

04/30/13

  12:15:56 pm, by MedBen5   , 186 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Government Task Force Recommends HIV Testing For All Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that all Americans between the ages of 15 and 65 get tested for the HIV virus, regardless of their risk, Reuters reports.

Currently, the Affordable Care Act advocates coverage of HIV screening for adolescents and adults who are at high risk of infection, based on earlier USPSTFguidelines. Experts believe the new recommendation will lead to a change in the law to cover testing for every adult.

The recommendations are based on evidence showing the benefits and risks of testing and treatment for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Recent studies have shown that HIV treatment can reduce transmission of the virus to an uninfected partner by as much as 96%, but there is no cure for the disease.

Task force member Dr. Douglas Owens, a medical professor at Stanford University, said testing all adults within a certain age range may help reduce any stigma associated with testing and encourage people to get tested.

Although cases of HIV infection have dropped in the U.S. in the past three decades, as many as 50,000 Americans become infected with the virus each year.

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