HIV testing recommended for those ages 15 to 65

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HIV testing recommended for those ages 15 to 65

November 20, 2012 Updated Nov 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- New recommendations from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force is not recommending all adults ages 15 to 65 be tested for HIV.

Evidence shows those who are screened for the virus can potentially start treatment earlier in the disease process, which improves their outcome.

They are also less likely to spread the virus.

Previously, the organization only recommended screening for those considered high risk and pregnant women.

The test would be conducted at routine doctor visits, unless the patient declines.

The recommendations are posted online for public comment for the next four weeks.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical groups have released similar recommendations.

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