Skip to comments.Task force calls for routine HIV testing for all adults
Posted on 04/29/2013 11:29:27 PM PDT by Olog-hai
An influential U.S. panel is calling for HIV screening for all Americans aged 15 to 65, regardless of whether they are considered to be at high risk, a change that may help lift some of the stigma associated with HIV testing.
The new guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a government-backed panel of doctors and scientists, now align with longstanding recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing of all adults aged 15 to 65, regardless of their risk.
Despite strides in reducing cases of HIV infection in the United States in the past three decades, as many as 50,000 Americans become infected with the virus each year. The CDC estimates that almost 1.2 million people in the United States are infected with HIV, yet 20 percent to 25 percent of them do not know it.
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I’m routinely tested for HIV due to the fact that I’m a blood donor.
Gawd, I’d be so banned if I gave my response.
Get some knee pads....
Those with HIV-AIDS need MORE stigma, not to spread it! Should be prison time for that
So not for medical reasons but for social reasons, to remove stigma.
Yet another reason to abolish Obamacare.
Who supplies the tests and how much do they cost? Who on the panel has stock in the companies? Sounds like a crony payoff to me.
This just stinks to high heavens. They want to test 1/4 of a BILLION people just to find the 10 or 20 thousand newly infected who don’t know they’re infected? I don’t know how you would do it but I’ll bet if you follow the money someone in or close to the Obama regime will make a lot of money from this.
Oh, yeah, 0bamaCare will reduce health care costs! /s
Now you mention Obamacare. Will Obama be tested for HIV? since hmmm you know ...Reggie Love, etc.
No shit. Why should I need to be tested for a disease that mostly only IV drug users, and sodomites contract?
The contraction rate for normal heterosexual sex is about 0.
The “fact” that anyone sexually active is at risk for aids is pure garbage. Look at the statistics, HOMOSEXUALS AND IV DRUG USERS are basically the only people at risk of this disease. GO F URSELF anyone that thinks I have to get tested.
Just quarantine those with HIV. Problem solved, and much cheaper...
How in the world could the could prick my middle finger and live to hold onto my fist?
How often do they want to do this testing? How will this be enforced?
And just who are these superior beings that shall not be named. FU!
Watch, everything will be required or you are a criminal, and no guns for you.
I don’t want any government official that’s been testing people for HIV all day long with any needles ANYWHERE near me.
Mistakes happen, and this will be a cesspool of uninfected being infected. Say no, if they say they have to, tell them you have to protect yourself with lethal force.
“Despite strides in reducing cases of HIV infection in the United States in the past three decades, as many as 50,000 Americans become infected with the virus each year. The CDC estimates that almost 1.2 million people in the United States are infected with HIV, yet 20 percent to 25 percent of them do not know it...”
The elephant in the room here is that by an overwhelming margin, these cases are gay and bisexual men. I checked the CDC’s own numbers on this a while back. As of 2010, gay and bisexual men account for new cases of HIV - and syphilis - at a rate 47 times higher than straight men.
Now, I’m not saying it’s a bad idea to get yourself checked out if you’ve been sexually active in your life. Nor am I saying that straight men can’t get HIV. They can. I’m just saying the bulk of the problem is within a particular demographic, and it makes neither sense nor is it the government’s business to mandate universal screening for everyone. IMHO, anyway.
If we had quarantined the gays 25-30 years ago when AIDS first came to America, you would only know about the virus today by reading history books...
Those slutting around with people they don’t know are at risk of a lot of things.
Probably all of them.
If there's a stigma in testing, then there must be stigma in having HIV. Is the government going to infect everyone in order to remove the stigma?
As often as the new National Health Care will pay the fees.
How will this be enforced?
A billion bullets and the automatic weapons to fire them with.
It is the only way to be 'unbiased'.
Perhaps they could infect Sandra Fluke, and then she could pass it on to most of the guys (or girls) in college.
Alex Jones is going to go NUTS when he hears this.
It is the only way to be 'unbiased'
I can see at least 90% of Americans standing in line like sheep for those shots too.... after Boston.
Sandra Fluke is, in reality, a sentient STD.
That would have been impossible, how would you have found all the gays to quarantine, also assume that homosexuality wasn’t as in your face then as it is now.
But I agree, if you could have done it. We wouldn’t have a problem with HIV.
There really is no reason that any heterosexual should be tested for HIV unless they are an IV drug user.
or having sex with anyone who looks their way, Flukes
If these "people" don't know they're infected, how does the government know?
Legalize sodomy = higher rate of HIV. Shocking!
“Gawd, Id be so banned if I gave my response”.
...and we wouldn’t want that, would we?
AIDS should have been declared an epidemic back in the eighties. Now the CDC should be declared an epidemic.
Yes, of course people that have sex with many strange partners are at risk of getting diseases, all sorts. What I’m saying is those types of people aren’t at high risk of getting HIV, unless they are engaging in sodomy. You can look at the statistics of HIV in the lesbian / hetero community and compare it to faggots.
Really gays are the problem, and why HIV continues to spread.
Horse manure. I have been faithful since HIV was recognized, have not used IV drugs, and have not received a transfusion. There is no way in the world I am going to waste my time and the insurance company’s money (meaning my money) on a meaningless test just to make some pervert or loser feel better about getting tested.
How well can the government be trusted to manage “false positives?”
Yeah I’ll submit right after they start testing for citizenship.
So mamograms and prostrate exams are a waste but testing everyone for hiv is good. I’m sure it makes sense to someone.
So they aren’t worried about finding more people with HIV they just want to relieve the stigma Faggots feel when they get tested.
What a phucked up world we live in today.
I have two words for the so-called "influential U.S. panel"..., "Off" and "F**k", they should be smart enough to put them in the proper order...!
Reuters is actually getting good — it even reports the name of the BIG PHARMA Company that sells the HIV test - Abbott Laboratories. Follow the money!
how about eff that, why should non at risk folks have to get tested just to make at risk folks feel better? If you aren’t gay and don’t use intravenous drugs you probably don’t need to add additional expense to the “system” by getting tested
Worked in a lab for many years and Abbott was the only company I remember that had their test kits pulled because they were giving questionable results. Their products were off of the market for quite some time.
This has to be satire...
D-Day for Abbott
In Vivo, December 1999, Vol. 17, No. 11, p. 3-7
“January 10 is D-Day for Abbott Laboratories Inc. to pull 125 diagnostic tests off the market as part of its consent decree with the FDA (See “Abbott Gets into Hot Water, “ IN VIVO November 1999). The decree, which follows the FDA’s accusation that Abbott used shoddy manufacturing processes in its main US-based manufacturing plants, is unprecedented and hurts far more than Abbott alone. “
Just another excuse for Big Brother to stick his nose
in business that they have no justification for being
involved with. While they are at it why not collect
DNA samples, search your house for anything “dangerous”
and hand you a diet that was approved by the White House
Same here. Blood donor and military. We get tested every two years if we don’t donate.
Tests are absolutely free now, to those on medicare. No deductibles, no co pays, unlike anything else that medicare covers.
Hey, now. For some of us, the strange ones are the only ones we had a shot with.
Part of the plan to make “AIDS everyone’s problem.”
Don't tell me this information won't be released to a federal database.