Most Young People With HIV Are Unaware

Cases rise for ages 13 to 24, especially in black males
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2012 5:46 PM CST

(Newser) – The number of new HIV cases in the US has leveled off at about 50,000 a year, but one important group is defying the trend: those ages 13 to 24. The CDC says about 1,000 new infections a month occur in the age group, and most of those infected (60%) have no idea, reports USA Today. Young black men are driving the increase, accounting for 45% of the new cases, reports NPR. Most infections occur in men having sex with other men.

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"This is our future generation," says CDC chief Thomas Frieden. "That so many young people become infected with HIV each year is a preventable tragedy." A government task force suggested last week that everybody be screened for HIV as part of routine physicals, and the new stats could bolster the argument. (Read more HIV stories.)

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