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Experts say your child & grandparent should be tested for AIDS

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An effort to broaden the front in the war on AIDS.  The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is recommending that almost everyone should be tested for the AIDS virus.

The Task Force says everyone between the ages of 15 and 65 should be tested.

About 1.2 million people in the U.S. are HIV positive.  About one in five of them does not know it.  Those who don't know they are infected are believed to transmit about 20,000 new cases of AIDS each year.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says those younger or older than the recommended age, who have increased risk factors, should also be screened.

Risk factors include:

  • Unprotected sex with multiple partners
  • Any partner with HIV
  • Any injection drug use
  • Exchanging sex for money

The Task Force also says that all pregnant women should be HIV-tested.

Earlier diagnosis means earlier treatment and that means sharp reductions in the spread of AIDS and in AIDS-related deaths.

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