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Sure About Your Status?

By on June 26, 2016

More than 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV – including about 156,300 who don’t realize it, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That means 13% of those who are infected with the virus that causes AIDS aren’t in a position to protect their health, or the health of others.

Knowing your HIV status is essential for public health at large, since people who have HIV but don’t realize it, are in a key position to spread it to other people. A study published this spring in JAMA Internal Medicine found that about 30% of new HIV transmissions could be traced to people who were infected but undiagnosed.

To figure out how many people in the U.S. were unaware of their HIV-positive status, researchers turned to data from the National HIV Surveillance System.

June 27 is the 20th annual observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD).