Should HIV tests be part of routine health screenings?
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:30:26 GMT —
Two major health organizations are suggesting HIV tests should be given to teens and adults at routine health screenings.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is joining other organizations like the C.D.C., in recommending universal HIV screening for all patients age 15 to 65.
They also say all pregnant women should be tested.
Since their last HIV screening update in 2005, new data has found very little harm in regular HIV screenings.
However, when they were only targeting people considered to be at "high risk" for the disease, they were missing a substantial number of new cases.
Under President Obama's healthcare law, insurers are required to cover preventive services that are recommended by the Task Force. Currently, the healthcare law recommends coverage for those considered "high risk."