Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 05/21/06 In a position paper to be published this summer, the CDC will recommend that every person in this country between the ages of 13 and 64 should voluntarily have an HIV test as part of a routine blood screening, with no need for separate consent. “Current HIV testing recommendations call for routine testing for those at high risk … however this process is not leading to adequate diagnosis of infection,” said CDC spokesperson Tammy Nunnally. William O’Brien, a University of Texas Medical Branch professor and physician who treats AIDS patients — also a leading research expert — agrees that the CDC’s proposed approach is a good one and that the lengthy pre-test counseling is a barrier to testing. “The CDC is trying to tackle the problem of all these undetected HIV infections and make it easier for people to be tested. This is a good way to get the testing done,” he said.