Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Youth HIV Rate High, Testing Low, CDC Says

This report is part of a 12-month Clinical Context series.
By Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today
Published: November 27, 2012
MedPage Today
Reviewed by Dori F. Zaleznik, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston

Youths ages 13 through 24 accounted for more than a quarter of new HIV infections in 2010 in the U.S. – about 12,000 cases -- but only a third of that age group had ever been tested for the virus, the CDC reported.

"This is our future generation, and the bottom line is that every month, 1,000 youth are becoming infected with HIV," said Thomas Frieden, MD, director of the agency.


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