U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends HIV testing be included in routine checkups

 A government panel is suggesting that HIV testing be a part of routine health checkups, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force suggests people ages 15 to 64 and all pregnant women be checked for the disease on a regular basis.

That's a change from its 2005 recommendations, which covered adolescents and adults at increased risk for HIV.

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention estimates 25 percent of people infected with HIV don't know they have the disease.

Officials also believe there are 1.2 million people in the U.S. living with HIV with 50,000 new cases each year.

In addition to diagnosing HIV patients who are flying under the radar, medical professionals hope that regular testing helps to remove the stigma and shame associated with requesting an HIV exam.

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