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Should HIV screening be universal for U.S. teenagers and adults?

Teenagers and adults aged 15 to 65 should receive universal HIV screening to prevent the spread of infection and to get those who are infected into treatment faster, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF).

The task force also found all pregnant women should be screened for HIV, including women who are in labor but whose HIV status is unknown.

According to University of Minnesota infectious disease expert Timothy Schacker, M.D., the recommendations could be a positive step in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

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Could a text message help raise breast cancer screening awareness? U of M researchers sure think so.

Technology has provided a host of ways to get information into the hands of an end user. Specifically, cell phones have opened up new doors for passing along information via text message or specialized alerts.

Now, U of M researchers from the School of Social WorkMasonic Cancer Center and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health will receive $675,000 over three years from the Susan G. Komen Foundation to develop new ways to use cell phones to promote breast cancer screening to Korean women.

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