HIV Testing For ALL Adult Americans: Good Idea Or Not?
Author: Branislava Jokovic
Tuesday 30th of April 2013 02:16:00 PM

 

An influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) panel is calling for HIV screening for all Americans aged 15 to 65, regardless of whether they are considered to be at high risk. Testing all adults within a certain age range may help reduce any stigma associated with testing and encourage people to get tested. Currently, the healthcare law recommends coverage of HIV testing for adolescents and adults who are at high risk of infection (high-risk groups include those who have sex with gay or bisexual men, illicit drug users and economically disadvantaged populations in which HIV rates are high.), but when screening is targeted at people considered at "high risk" only, new cases are often missed. The USPSTF guidelines call for screening at least once for all adults, and it recommends periodic screening for individuals at higher risk. The guidelines also recommend that all individuals are offered the test as well as a chance to opt out of testing. According to the task force members, it is too early to say whether the new guidelines will result in a significant increase in the number of tests, but the potential for insurance coverage may help. The recommendation will put more emphasis on the need for all adults in the United States to be tested and should encourage more doctors to discuss the need for testing with their patients. But even without guidelines like this, we still advice you to take the step and get tested. It’s only a little blood, people!

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