CDC: More Americans Getting Tested For AIDS Virus

A new government report shows more Americans are getting tested for the AIDS virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta looked at how many people have been tested since guidelines were expanded in 2006 to include routine screening for all teens and adults.

Last year, an estimated 45 percent of Americans ages 18 to 64 reported getting an HIV test at least once. That’s up from 40 percent four years ago and represents an increase of 11 million people.

The CDC estimates that about 1.1 million Americans have HIV. But about 20 percent don’t know it. The report also shows fewer HIV infections are being detected late.

The new information is based on nationwide surveys and state reports.

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CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns

HIV test: http://www.hivtest.org

 (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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