Every American baby should be tested for signs of the AIDS virus, television networks should air condom commercials and drug users should be given sterile needles in efforts to stem the AIDS epidemic, a government advisory panel recommended Wednesday.

A National Academy of Sciences committee, charged with finding ways to slow the deadly spread of AIDS, concluded there currently are no good statistics on how many Americans are infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which causes AIDS.Best estimates of the nation's AIDS epidemic "lie in the vicinity of 1 million infected people," the committee said, adding the number could be as low as 500,000 or as high as 2 million.

"Without better information on the incidence of new HIV infections in the population, the United States will lack adequate means for determining whether current strategies for controlling the spread of the virus are working," the panel states in its 589-page report.