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HIV Testing in Clinical Settings

	photo of a doctor talking to a manThe U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that clinicians screen adolescents and adults ages 15 to 65 years for HIV infection. CDC recommends that individuals get tested at least once in their lifetimes and those with risk factors get tested more frequently. A general rule for those with risk factors is to get tested at least annually. Additionally, CDC has recently reported that sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from getting an HIV test more often, perhaps every 3-6 months. This section highlights information for healthcare providers who may be administering HIV tests.

New data from a National Institutes of Health sponsored trial indicates there is a clear personal advantage to achieving an HIV diagnosis and starting therapy in the early course of infection. This new information further highlights the importance of routine HIV testing and the potential impact on better health outcomes. See Starting Antiretroviral Treatment Early Improves Outcomes for HIV-Infected Individuals for more.

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