More Than Half of Young HIV-infected Americans Are Not Aware of Their Status, CDC Says

More Than Half of Young HIV-infected Americans Are Not Aware of Their Status, CDC Says

November 27, 2012 Updated Nov 27, 2012 at 11:39 AM CST

(CDC news release) Young people between the ages of 13 and 24 represent more than a quarter of new HIV infections each year (26 percent) and most of these youth living with HIV (60 percent) are unaware they are infected, according to a Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

According to the CDC news release:

The most-affected young people are young gay and bisexual men and African-Americans, the report says.

The analysis looks at the latest data on HIV infections, testing, and risk behaviors among young people and was published in advance of World AIDS Day, Dec. 1.

Overall, an estimated 12,200 new HIV infections occurred in 2010 among young people aged 13-24, with young gay and bisexual men and African-Americans hit harder by HIV than their peers.  In 2010, 72 percent of estimated new HIV infections in young people occurred in young men who have sex with men (MSM).  By race/ethnicity, 57 percent of estimated new infections in this age group were in African-Americans.

“That so many young people become infected with HIV each year is a preventable tragedy,” said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.  “All young people can protect their health, avoid contracting and transmitting the virus, and learn their HIV status.”

 

 

Read the entire CDC news release HERE.

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