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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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Marseeah Marseeah 8 years
RNA isn't the name of the test, the test looks for HIV RNA.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Never had the need to get tested as I've been with the same guys for 5 yrs.
xxstardust xxstardust 8 years
I've never gotten one, nor have I ever been tested for any STI. I've only had one partner, though, and we were both virgins when we met. So unless I caught one spontaneously, or I end up with someone else (pretty unlikely, as it currently stands! =]), I don't plan on getting tested anytime soon. Any new, more effect test is awesome though - I know I'm a rarity and more people need better testing!
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I don't now, except for when I am pregnant, which is standard. But I did every year after I became sexually active, it's scary as hell to do but it's something everyone should do.
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