20% of Those With HIV in US Don't Know It

CDC also says 3 in 4 aren't getting appropriate treatment

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 29, 2011 6:14 PM CST | Updated Dec 3, 2011 11:30 AM CST

(Newser) – The CDC has a new study out on HIV treatment across the nation with some disturbing numbers, reports the Wall Street Journal:

  • Unaware: About 20% of the 1.2 million people in the US with HIV don't know they're infected. That's 240,000 people.
  • Treatment: All told, about three-quarters of those infected are not getting adequate treatment to keep the virus in check, thus raising the risk that it gets passed along.
  • New infections: About 50,000 are newly diagnosed with HIV each year, and the lifetime cost of care is currently pegged at $367,000.

“The HIV crisis in America is far from over,” says the director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the CDC, as quoted by WebMD. “Closing the gaps in testing, care, and treatment will all be essential to slowing or reversing the US AIDS epidemic."

Nearly 3 out of 4 people with HIV aren't getting the appropriate treatment, says the CDC.
Nearly 3 out of 4 people with HIV aren't getting the appropriate treatment, says the CDC.   (Shutterstock)
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