Health panel recommends HIV tests for everyone

A U.S. government-backed panel of doctors and scientists is recommending that everyone between 15 and 65 get tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

The influential Preventive Services Task Force on Monday said its previous recommendation for testing was only for high-risk individuals. But now it says as many as 25 percent of the more than 1 million Americans infected with HIV do not know they have it.

Advocates for AIDS patients call Monday’s recommendation a monumental shift in how HIV can be prevented, diagnosed and treated. Experts say early diagnosis can cut the transmission risk for AIDS by 96 percent.

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