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Panel: Screen everyone for HIV

(DES MOINES REGISTER) In a broad new expansion of HIV screening, an influential government panel now says everyone ages 15 to 65 should be tested for the virus that causes AIDS.

The draft recommendation, issued Monday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, is far broader than its last recommendation in 2005, which called for screening only those at high risk.

“We really need to find the people who are infected and get them on therapy,” said John Bartlett, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore who wasn’t involved in the new guidelines. “It will make their lives better. And once they’re on treatment, they’re no longer spreading the virus.”