HIV out of control in US patients

In these few days leading up to World AIDS Day on December 1st, the CDC has released a report that in US patients infected with HIV, 3 out of 4,  don't have the virus under control with treatment.

The CDC reports that only 28% of those infected with HIV have the virus "under control" meaning that they are on medication and that the virus is at an undetectable level.  FYI - even though it's labelled as "undetectable" it just means that the count is below what the current tests can accurately test for, it does not mean that the person does not have HIV.

This is a frightening number indeed, in fact the CDC says that nearly 20% of those infected don't know their status - so there is potential for the infection to be spread even further.

Fortunately, the medicines currently on the market can help those infected by lowering the amount of HIV in the bloodstream,  the CDC estimates that 77% of those currently taking medications have very low levels of the virus in their blood.  But the cost of medications, at which some estimate is more than $360,000 over the course of a lifetime, is a huge barrier for most people not seeking treatment.

Do you know your HIV status?  When was the last time you were tested?  You should get tested yearly, if not more often.  If you don't know where you should go to get a low-cost or free HIV screening, visit the National HIV and STD Testing Resources website where you can enter your ZIP code and find locations near you that can help.

Filed under: AIDS, Health

Tags: aids, hiv, testing

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