Many HIV-Positive U.S. Residents Unaware of Infection
About one in eight U.S. residents with HIV does not realize they are infected, and they cause nearly one-third of HIV transmissions in the U.S., according to a report released Thursday by CDC. CDC used a model to estimate that there were about 1.2 million HIV-positive U.S. residents in 2011. Of those individuals, 14% were undiagnosed. Infection rates ranged from 110 per 100,000 people in Iowa to 3,936 per 100,000 people in Washington, D.C. Louisiana had 77% of HIV-positive people who were aware they had the virus, the lowest percentage in the U.S.
- "CDC Report: 1 in 8 Americans With HIV Don't Know They Have the Virus" (Pager, USA Today, 6/28).