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Task force has new recommendations for HIV testing

The US Preventative Services Task Force has released new guidelines for HIV testing.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The US Preventative Services Task Force has released new guidelines for HIV testing.

The task force now strongly recommends expanding HIV testing to include everyone ages 15 to 65.

Like the previous guidelines, the new ones stress HIV testing for all pregnant women – even those in labor. If they have not been screened, this could dramatically reduce the rate of mother-to-child transmission. The group also suggests annual re-testing for those engaged in high-risk behavior.

The goal is to inform all HIV infected persons of their status so they’ll start treatment and avoid the risks of passing the virus on to others.

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