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Early Testing Could Halt the Spread of HIV

It's estimated that about 250,000 Americans have HIV, but don't know it. Recently infected people could be the source of 10 to 50 percent of all new HIV transmissions.

A change in testing procedure might be needed to address the problem. According to public health officials, standard HIV tests do not identify an infection that has occurred in the last month, but a genetic test known as RNA can. Unfortunately, these early detection tests aren't widely adopted. If they were, lives could be saved.

This story is a reminder of how important it is to keep up on your sexual health. Do you make it a priority to get a routine HIV test?


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