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

(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."

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Dec 8, 2011 11:20 PM CST
It's all good...
Nov 30, 2011 1:36 PM CST
so why is it these people are not developing KS like the gay men in the 80's? Seems to me this AIDS thing is not the same as when I was younger. I remember guys getting AIDS and developing KS and dying very quickly...
Nov 30, 2011 8:42 AM CST
Part of the problem is that you can get a false negative for up to a year after you are infected. My suspicion is that a lot of people who don't know are the ones who drunkenly forget a condom then go to Walgreens the next morning for some orange juice and an HIV test. Some people might have actually been responsible and got tested, but they got tested too soon. When I found out that it can take so long for the antibodies to show up in detectable amounts, I didn't feel comfortable with the negative I got 6 months after my mistake. I got retested. Thankfully, it was negative, but the doctor never asked me how long it had been since my last unsafe encounter. I wanted to be 100% sure. HIV is not something you fuck around with.