** NBA Player Says He is Gay**
Jason Collins ，a National Basketball Association player has become the first active player in a major professional U.S. team sport to reveal he is homosexual.
Free-agent center Jason Collins revealed he is gay in the cover article for this week's Sports Illustrated magazine. He wrote he did not "set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport," but he is "happy to start the conversation."
Collins said he first realized he needed to reveal his sexuality last year when his friend and roommate at Stanford University, U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy, marched in Boston's Gay Pride parade. But this month's twin bombings at the Boston Marathon finally convinced him that he "shouldn't wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect."
Collins received an outpouring of support Monday from across the nation. NBA Commissioner David Stern said the league was " proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue." President Barack Obama personally called Collins to offer his support, and White House spokesman Jay Carney called the revelation another example of the change in attitude in the U.S. towards homosexuality.
The 34-year-old Collins played the past season with the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards and has played for six NBA teams during his 12-year career.
** US Task Force Recommends Widespread HIV Testing**
A U.S. task force is recommending that all American adults be tested for HIV, regardless of their risk of contracting the disease.
The government-backed panel of doctors and scientists released the recommendations Monday, calling for routine HIV screening for everyone between the ages of 15 and 65. The new guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now align with similar recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Previously, the task force had recommended only that those at high risk be tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
The panel says 50,000 people in the United States become infected with HIV each year. It says nearly a quarter of those infected with the virus do not know they have it.
Another recommendation is that teenagers younger than 15 and adults older than 65 should be screened if they are at increased risk for HIV infection. And the panel recommends that all pregnant woman be tested.
These recommendations do not specify how often people should get routine tests for HIV.