Getting Tested for AIDS
Posted at: 11/20/2012 12:00 AM
| Updated at: 11/20/2012 5:16 PM
In an effort to broaden the front in the war on AIDS, experts now say almost everyone should be tested for the AIDS virus. ABC's Dr. Timothy Johnson has more.
About 1.2 million people in the U.S. are HIV positive, and about one in five of them -- doesn't know it.
Those who don't know they are infected are believed to transmit about 20,000 new cases of AIDS each year.
Now the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is recommending that all people ages fifteen to sixty-five get tested for AIDS. Those younger or older who have increased risk factors should also be screened.
Risk factors include:
- unprotected sex with multiple partners
- any partner with HIV
- any injection drug use (and)
- exchanging sex for money
The task force also says that all pregnant women should be HIV-tested.,p> Earlier diagnosis means earlier treatment -- and that means sharp reductions in the spread of AIDS and in AIDS-related deaths.