CDC: Everyone Should be Tested for HIV at Least Once

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that HIV testing be done routinely, which can now be done anonymously and online through Private MD Labs.

Most HIV is transmitted by the 25 percent of infected people who do not even realize they are infected

For the first time in the nation's 25-year AIDS epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that HIV testing be done routinely. The guidelines now call for everyone to be tested for HIV at least once, while people who engage in risky behaviors should be tested at least once a year.

Private MD Lab Services, a national online lab test provider, is well aware of the demand for HIV tests. The company has seen an increase in requests for its new anonymous HIV test - the HIV Proviral DNA by PCR. It accurately identifies actual HIV no later than 28 days after exposure, and apparently much sooner in most cases - perhaps within a week or less. It is able to provide patients with early HIV detection, and often provides peace of mind in negative cases.

The CDC also changed its recommendation on mandatory pre- and post-test counseling, saying "counseling does not have to be linked to HIV testing." And the health agency recommends testing for teenagers as young as 13, citing surveys of young people that found "almost 47 percent of high-school students reported having sexual intercourse at least once."

"Most HIV is transmitted by the 25 percent of infected people who do not even realize they are infected," said the CDC's Kevin Fenton, MD, PhD. "We need to dramatically expand access to HIV testing by making it a routine aspect of clinical care."

Private MD Lab Services allows individuals to request an HIV Proviral DNA by PCR lab test via a secure web site, without a doctor's order or referral, allowing anonymous testing of recent HIV exposure at more than 1,000 locations nationwide. The site, http://www.privatemdlabs.com, helps the individual identify a lab in their area and purchase the test.

Otis A. Plunk, MD, Private MD founder and medical director, has invested in secure, user-friendly software and offers a network of over 1,000 Patient Service Centers for your testing convenience. The following is a sample of the testing available through Private MD Lab Services: autoimmune diseases, blood and blood diseases, prostate cancer disease, diabetes, female specific tests, gastrointestinal diseases, general wellness tests, heart health and cholesterol, hormones and metabolism, infectious diseases, kidney disease, liver disease, male specific tests, musculoskeletal diseases and sexually transmitted diseases.

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