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New guidelines push for HIV testing

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

An initiative would make HIV testing as common as cholesterol checks.

Americans ages 15 to 64 should get an HIV test at least once, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

The task force's draft guidelines are the latest recommendations that aim to make HIV screening part of a routine checkup.

Of the more than 1.1 million Americans living with HIV, nearly 1 in 5 - almost 240,000 people - don't know it, according to the task force.

If finalized, guidelines could broaden those who would not need to pay a copay for HIV screening. Only people at increased risk for HIV were eligible for a screening and didn't' have to pay a co-pay under the previous guidelines.

The task force's other recommendations:

Testing people older and younger than 15-64 if they are at increased risk of HIV infection.

People at very high risk for HIV infection should be tested at least once a year.

Women should be tested during each pregnancy, something the task force has long recommended.

The draft guidelines are open for public comment through Dec. 17. To comment on the proposed guidelines, go to this link: http://uspreventiveservicestaskforcecomments.org/comments.aspx?dno=dVZKMEhyZnJES1klM2Q$

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