HIV - AIDS

About 15 percent of Americans with HIV don't know they're infected, CDC says

About 15 percent of Americans with HIV don't know they're infected, CDC says

Half of the Americans recently diagnosed with HIV had been living with the virus for at least three years without realizing it, missing out on opportunities for early treatment and in some cases spreading it to others, according to a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What’s more, of the 39,720 Americans newly diagnosed with HIV in 2015, one-quarter had been infected for seven years or more without knowing they were ill.

Among all 1.2 million Americans living with HIV in 2015, the CDC estimates that about 15 percent were unaware of their HIV-positive status. In Maryland and Baltimore, the rate is essentially the same,...

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