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Experts recommend HIV testing for individuals in new relationships

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New relationships are full of exciting and wonderful moments that can form the basis of a long lasting commitment. However, experts warn that if these pleasurable moments are not accompanied by an HIV test, the feelings may not last.

Lyn Pierre-Pitman, who heads up an AIDS prevention group in London, told the Woodstock Sentinel-Review that many people use protection during the early stages of new relationships. However, they often have a tendency to become more casual about the practice as relationships progress.

But HIV testing is the only way to be sure that neither partner is infected. "It's very important to get tested early," she said. "Statistics have shown that 30 percent of people with HIV are unaware they have it. For anyone embarking on a new relationship, HIV testing is the way to go. If you don't have the test, you just don't know."

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that there are more than 1 million people in America living with the disease, many of whom are unaware of their status.

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