Most US HIV Cases Not under Control: Study

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Most US HIV Cases Not under Control: Study


WASHINGTON (AFP) - As many as 70 percent of people infected with HIV in the United States do not have the virus under control, boosting the risk of transmission, according to a study Tuesday.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the vast majority of 1.2 million infected people either were no longer in care or were not taking medication regularly in 2011.

"There is untapped potential to drive down the epidemic through improved testing and treatment, but we're missing too many opportunities," said Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC's Center for HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STD, and tuberculosis prevention.

"Treatment is crucial. It is one of our most important strategies for stopping new HIV infections."

Among 840,000 people who did not have the virus under control, 66 percent had been diagnosed but were not getting regular care, while 20 percent did not know they were infected.

The study said four percent of those infected were getting care but were not prescribed anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs).

Finally, 10 percent were receiving treatment, but nevertheless did not have the infection in check. …

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