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Why EVERY Person Should Be Tested for HIV

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Uploaded on Jul 3, 2007

Becky Kuhn, M.D. explains why everyone age 13-64 should be tested for HIV at every doctor's office visit. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommended in September 2006 that all patients age 13-64 years be tested for HIV when they visit the doctor's office. As of the end of 2003, it was estimated that one in four HIV positive individuals in the United States do not know they have been infected with HIV. As a result, they will not get the medical care that could improve their health and prolong or save their life. They also may transmit the virus to others without realizing it and fail to take protective measures like safer sex practices that could prevent HIV transmission. You may feel perfectly healthy and also feel you are at little risk for HIV. But there are many individuals who had felt well and felt they were not at risk for contracting HIV and ended up testing positive during a routine HIV screening, for example during a pregnancy. Increasingly, new HIV infections are being found among other populations. It's estimated that there are about 40,000 new HIV infections each year in the U.S. Women now account for more than one quarter of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses, and HIV infection is the leading cause of death for African American women between ages 25 and 34.80% of women, and 15% of men who were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS during 2005 were infected through heterosexual sex. Refutes misinformation from the "Lee Evans HIV Tests" video. This video is freely downloadable from http://www.archive.org/details/aidsvi... . Disabled accessibility: The transcript for this and many other AIDSvideos.org videos can be downloaded from http://aidsvideos.org/translate.shtml . Visit http://www.GlobalLifeworks.org and http://AIDSvideos.org to learn more. [Do you want to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS? Are you fluent in a language other than English? Then volunteer to translate our videos into other languages! Click http://AIDSvideos.org/translate.shtml to to learn how you can help!!! © Copyright 2007-2011 Global Lifeworks. All rights reserved. This work is licensed to be used for non-commercial purposes under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b....]

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