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Push to Get Everyone Tested for AIDS

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Undated (WXOW) -  In an effort to broaden the front in the war on AIDS, experts are now telling everyone to get tested for the virus.

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 everyone ages 15 to 65 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 pregnant women should be HIV-tested. Earlier diagnosis means earlier treatment, and that means sharp reductions in the spread of AIDS and in AIDS-related deaths.

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