Health panels push for routine HIV testing- Locals react

Health panels push for routine HIV testing- Locals react

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Yuma, AZ- Getting tested for aids could soon become as common as getting a physical. National health groups want HIV testing to be done and not just for those who are at risk.

If these health groups get their way teens as young as 13 could also get tested for HIV. The testing would also include adults as old as 65

According to the Associated Press more than one million Americans are currently living with HIV, but nearly 1 in 5 don't know it.

They say the lack of treatment or detection is causing a health risk if those with the deadly disease unknowingly spread it to others.

Dr.Freeman thinks the recommendation suggested by the panel would greatly benefit the people of all ages.

especially teens.

"See your 15 year old, if you ask them if they are sexually active of course they will say no even if they are by themselves they will say no," says Dr.Freeman.

Dr.Freeman says that often times people have to pay out of pocket for HIV tests. Under the proposed recommendation, many insurance companies will have to pick up the tab.

 

DEC 1ST: Back to the Basics Please, Inc. will be partnering with the Regional Center for Border Health medical mobile unit offering free HIV testing, free condoms, and free information at the San Luis Walk-In Clinic from 10:00 - 12:00 pm and at the front of Del Sol Market, from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

San Luis Walk-In Clinic: 1896 E. Babbit Ln, San Luis, AZ (10:00 - 12:00 pm)

Del Sol Market @ Plaza Reidel: 10th Ave and Juan Sanchez Blvd, San Luis, AZ, 85349 (12:00 - 3:00 pm)

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