HIV TESTING part of a routine examination
(Reuters) - An influential U.S. panel is calling for HIV screening for ALL Americans aged 15 to 65, regardless of whether they are considered to be at high risk…..
CURRENTLY, the healthcare law recommends coverage of HIV testing for adolescents and adults who are at HIGH risk of infection.
CDC believes HIV testing should be as routine as a cholesterol test or a blood pressure check - but so far fewer than half of Americans have ever been tested
50,000 NEW INFECTIONS A YEAR…..Despite strides in reducing cases of HIV infection in the United States in the past three decades, as many as 50,000 Americans become infected with the virus each year……The CDC estimates that almost 1.2 million people in the United States are infected with HIV, yet 20 percent to 25 percent of them do not know it.
The group also recommends that teens younger than 15 and adults older than 65 should be screened if they are at increased risk for HIV infection. And it recommends that all pregnant women - including those in labor - who do not know their HIV status should be tested.
The guidelines call for screening at least once for all adults, and it recommends periodic screening for individuals at higher risk of infection. But it does not specify how frequently people at high risk for infection should be tested.
High-risk groups include those who have sex with gay or bisexual men, illicit drug users and economically disadvantaged populations in which HIV rates are high. www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/30/us-usa-
Edited by: SHERYLDS at: 4/30/2013 (11:04)