Routine HIV testing for everyone?

Today the CDC announced its new recommendation that all Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 be routinely checked for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Why the change? About one million Americans are infected with HIV, but 25% of them have no idea that they're carrying the virus. Routine testing should help check the spread of the disease and preserve health as infections are caught earlier.

The CDC's recommendation isn't binding, but it does influence what doctors do and what health insurance covers. And the blanket recommendation might help reduce the stigma associated with HIV testing.

What do you think? Will you get screened for HIV at your next physical? Why or why not?

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Sarah says:

I recently had an HIV test as part of a physical to certify me as a potential adoptive parent. I have almost no risk factors, and was sure I was negative...but the test still made me nervous. A large part of it was the way the nurses treated the test, and the stack of forms I needed to sign, but also knowing that if I was wrong...<>

I am a huge advocate for being tested. The stigma that is attached to it is horrible. Testing is quick, easy and cheap. Many places dont even require blood anymore, but use a cheek swab.

I encourage everyone to get tested, regardless of your percieved risk. Detection means treatment, and with current treatment, HIV is not a death sentence. I am thrilled with the CDC's new reccomendations.

posted on Wed, 10/04/2006 - 3:52pm

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