Have you ever been tested for HIV and AIDS? Well, if you’re sexually active, then you should be, according to a new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics. This is a big change from previous recommendations that only folks in “high risk” populations be tested. The change is due to some new treatments for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Catching HIV early can prevent future infections and stop the virus from turning into AIDS for a longer period of time.
Time for some stats. According to this release, 60% of American teens are sexually active by the time they’re seniors in high school, and more than 55,000 people between the ages of 13 and 24 have HIV. The scariest part? Half of those people have no idea they’re infected.
With number like that, why aren’t all sexually active teens already getting tested for HIV and AIDS? Well, for one thing, not every teen is well-informed about the disease. For another thing, it’s not done in a normal STD test, and takes a little extra effort to do. And there are some that argue that HIV testing is controversial due to a small percentage of false positives and cost effectiveness. But, we say, be safe and get tested.
WDYT, gURLs? Should every sexually active teen be getting tested for HIV and AIDS? Have you been tested? Have you ever asked your S.O. to get tested? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.