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Federal Panel Says Everyone 15 to 65 Should Have an HIV Test

April 30, 2013

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines now recommend routine voluntary HIV screening for every US resident ages 15–65 because people respond best to treatment early in an infection. This is also the time when people are often asymptomatic, so the only way to detect an HIV infection is through testing. The updated USPSTF recommendations now align with CDC, the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Disease Society of American, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists guidelines.

The 2013 USPSTF guidelines recommend one-time HIV screening for everyone ages 15–65; HIV testing for pregnant women; and annual HIV screening for high-risk groups. High-risk groups include men who have sex with men; people who have unprotected vaginal or anal sex; and those who have sex with a partner who is HIV-infected, bisexual, an injection drug user, or who exchanges sex for money. Patients also should have the option to ask questions and decline testing.

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