Task force advises additional HIV tests

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But this kind of focus has become ineffective because “increasing proportions of infected people” are women, teenagers, minority populations, people who live outside metropolitan areas, and “heterosexual men and women who frequently are unaware that they are at risk for HIV,” the CDC said.

Moreover, studies found that the costs of routinely testing most U.S. teens and adults would be offset by identifying and treating new infections. People who use antiretroviral drugs, especially soon after being infected, are less likely to transmit HIV.

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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.

Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...

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