Most Americans Haven't Been Tested For HIV, CDC Study Says

June 28, 2019

By Scott Gelman

Despite the ongoing HIV epidemic, most Americans have never been tested for HIV. 

More than 70 percent of people in the U.S. who were most at risk of acquiring HIV weren’t tested in the last year, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The agency released the data for National HIV Testing Day. 

The CDC recommends everyone between ages 13 and 64 be screened for HIV at least once in their lives. 

“Diagnosis and treatment are the first steps toward affording individuals living with HIV a normal life expectancy,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield M.D. in a statement “As we encourage those at risk for HIV to seek care, we need to meet them in their journey.”

Anyone with risk factors, such as sexually active gay or bisexual men who have had sex with other men and people who inject drugs or have another sexually transmitted infection, should be screened once each year, the CDC said. 

Residents of the District have a 1 in 13 chance of being diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, according to the Washington AIDS Partnership.

You can find a list of HIV testing sites in D.C. here.

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