USPSTF Recommends HIV Screening for Patients Age 15 to 65, All Pregnant Women
May 17, 2013 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
Clinicians should screen all people age 15 to 65, as well as younger adolescents and older adults who are at an increased risk, for HIV infection, states an April 2013 final recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The task force also recommends that all pregnant women be screened for HIV, including those in labor and those whose HIV status is unknown. Although there is no cure for HIV infection, treating people with HIV earlier not only reduces their risk of developing AIDS and delays its onset, but it also decreases the chance that they will pass on the infection to someone else. In addition, treating pregnant women can reduce the chance that they will transmit the virus to their babies.