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With all the medication and the information available on the market, HIV still makes a lot of victims. Statistics released at the end of 2013 showed that about 35 million are now living with the human immunodeficiency virus worldwide.
Even if people have access to so much information and there are so many campaigns for HIV, it seems that not all of them decide to put it to good use.
A new report says that one in eight people who are infected with the virus are perfectly unaware of it, in the United States.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with the virus and about 156.000 don’t know they have it.
It does not take complicated math to realize that about 13 percent of the people infected have no idea of the danger they are facing and of the threat they are posing to other people’s health, should they act irresponsibly.
The best thing people could do is get tested. It has been The White House’s aim to reduce the number of people who are not aware they have been infected with the virus, in order to reduce both the mortality rate and stop spreading the virus further.
However, according to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued on June 25th, starting with 2012, only four states were successful in reaching the goal of having at least 90 percent of the infected people know about it.
These include Delaware, Hawaii, New York and Connecticut. Colorado was also very close, with 89.7 percent HIV-positive people being diagnosed.
The state that recorded the lowest percentage of people aware of being ill is Louisiana, with 77 percent people being diagnosed.
The report, which collected data from 41 states, also reveals that about 87 percent of the Americans infected with the virus are aware of it. It is estimated that, on average, around 60 people were diagnosed with the virus every year from 2008 to 2012.
It is extremely important for people to get tested because, those who fail to do so, are in the position of infecting other people and spread the virus further. They are also at risk of having their immune system deteriorated, unless they get the proper treatment.
The drugs available on the market can help the person diagnosed with HIV live much longer than it was initially predicted, due to the huge advances in medicine.
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