Panel wants regular HIV tests for adults

November 20, 2012 10:17:20 AM PST
An independent panel that sets screening guidelines wants to make testing for the AIDS virus as common as cholesterol checks.

The panel recommends that all Americans age 15-64 should get an HIV test at least once, not just people considered at high risk.

More than one million Americans are currently living with HIV, but nearly a quarter of a million of them don't know they have the virus.

That not only puts their health at risk without treatment, but they could unknowingly spread the virus to others.