Carlos del Rio, MD, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, discussed the recommendation by a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that all Americans between ages 15 and 65 be tested for HIV.
HIV-positive patients who start treatment while their immune systems are relatively intact live longer and are less likely to spread the virus to other people. But 20 percent of patients are unaware they have the virus, del Rio said. He is also co-director of the Emory Center for AIDS research in Atlanta.
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