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U.S. Panel Advises HIV Tests for Everyone Ages 15 to 64

November 20, 2012

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent group that operates under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to advise the U.S. government and physicians on the medical evidence for preventive health measures, has recommended HIV tests for everyone aged 15 to 64. The guidelines also recommend that doctors offer HIV testing to people under 15 or over 64 if they are at high risk for contracting HIV and that they offer HIV testing to all pregnant women. On November 19, the task force posted its recommended guidelines to its website for a four-week period of public comment. The task force conducted two reviews of the science done by independent groups of scientists: one focused on pregnant women and one focused on HIV screening for the population at large.

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