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Hurdles remain to making HIV testing as common as cholesterol tests

An article in the Star Tribune discusses some of the issues around the commonality of HIV testing. According to the article, in 2006 the CDC recommended that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 routinely be tested for HIV, even if they may not be at risk. The article also reports that about one in five people infected with HIV do not know it. This is why it is so important to push routine testing.

Laws in some states are changing and some healthcare facilities are moving towards including HIV tests with other common blood tests, but there is still a long way to go.