New guidelines in England may require kids as young as 15 should be screened for AIDS.
Soon, 15-year-old kids in England could be required to take HIV tests by their general practitioners.
Why are we exposing young kids to such serious sexual matters?
According to author of the plan Dr. Adrian Palfreeman, the idea is to normalize HIV testing, and to encourage young people to start taking safety precautions. He adds that early detection will help reduce the odds of transferring the disease.
The guidelines also suggest people get tested any time they visit a hospital -- provided they give their consent.
Doctors point to the statistic that a third of the 73,000 people living with HIV in the UK don't even know they're infected; social stigma is one reason people (of all ages) don't get tested. The theory is the more common testing is, the less shame the disease will carry.
But should we really be insisting on mandatory testing for kids? Or given the fact that many teens are sexually active, is it irresponsible not to?
Tell us --- would you want your 15-year-old tested?