An estimated 240,000 Americans do not know they are infected with the HIV virus, but a simple test can put them on the road to effective treatment.

“It’s a chronic manageable disease,” said Ashley Redmond, manager of the Ryan White Program at Roper St. Francis Health Care.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force this week recommended routine testing for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus for everyone agest 15 to 65.

HIV testing services are available at local county health departments.

In South Carolina, 1 percent of 43,168 people who received an HIV test last year were positive for the virus, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.

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