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National health group recommends HIV testing for teens

MILWAUKEE -- The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that all sexually active teens should be screened for HIV.

In fact, they're recommending anyone over 16 in areas with higher rates of infection should be tested.

Some teen health advocates say that here in Wisconsin, out of the 4,800 people living with HIV, about 250 of them are youth.

But they believe the real problem is those who don't want to admit they're sexually active, or aren't aware they've contracted the virus.

"One of the main reasons that these recommendations are coming out," said Amy Olejniczak of the Wisconsin Adolescent Health Care Communication program, "is that a large portion of youth don't actually know that they have HIV so they don't get tested for it and therefore unfortunately are not actually getting treated."

Olejniczak also says many young people are afraid to tell adults they're sexually active, so it's important for parents to talk to their kids.

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