American Academy of Pediatrics Calls for HIV Screening of Teens Who Have Sex
November 1, 2011
The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday issued a new policy statement on routine testing for HIV, urging providers to screen all youths who are sexually active and those with other risk factors, and all teens ages 16-18 in high-prevalence settings.
Persons ages 13-24 make up 55,000 of the 1.1 million Americans living with HIV. "Forty-eight percent of the youth who are infected don't know they are infected," said Dr. Jaime Martinez of the University of Illinois-Chicago, a co-author of the statement. "It's important to realize that those who don't know they are infected drive the epidemic," he said.View Full Article
Research Roundup: From "Association Between HIV-Related Risk Behaviors and HIV Testing Among High School Students in the United States, 2009"
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