Posted: Nov 19, 2012 6:15 PM by Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - There's a new push to make testing for the AIDS virus as common as cholesterol checks.
An independent panel that sets screening guidelines is proposing that Americans ages 15 to 64 get an HIV test at least once - not just people considered at high risk for the virus.
The draft guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force are the latest recommendations that aim to make HIV screening simply a routine part of a check-up. Since 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has pushed for widespread, routine HIV screening. Yet not nearly enough people have heeded that call.
CDC data suggests fewer than half of adults under 65 have been tested.
The draft proposal was released Monday.
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