CDC: More than 1 in 8 Americans infected with HIV don’t know it

Jun 25, 2015
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More than 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV – including about 156,300 (1 in 8) who don’t realize it, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC: More than 1 in 8 Americans infected with HIV don't know it

A man gets an HIV test at a Los Angeles clinic. A new report from the CDC estimates that 13% of Americans who are HIV-postiive don’t know they are infected. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

That means 13% of those who are infected with the virus that causes AIDS aren’t in a position to protect their health, or the health of others.

The White House has set a goal of making sure at least 90% of people infected with HIV are aware of their status. As of 2012, only four states – Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii and New York – had certainly met that goal, researchers reported Thursday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Colorado came very close, with an estimated 89.7% of its HIV-positive population having received a diagnosis.

Another seven states – Alaska, Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Vermont – may well be meeting the 90% target set in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the researchers said. However, these seven states did not have enough new cases of HIV in recent years to allow for a statistically reliable estimate.

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