Only Quarter of Americans With HIV Have Virus Under Control, CDC Says

December 2, 2011 Updated Dec 2, 2011 at 4:02 PM EDT

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Only Quarter of Americans With HIV Have Virus Under Control, CDC Says

December 2, 2011 Updated Dec 2, 2011 at 4:02 PM EDT

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, nearly three out of four Americans with HIV do not have the infection under control.

The CDC report says the percentage is low because one in five people infected with HIV do not realize they have the virus and that only just more than 50 percent of those with the virus receiving treatment.

“While we have known that viral suppression can be achieved with proper HIV treatment and care, today’s new Vital Signs data highlight the challenges our country faces in keeping HIV-positive Americans in the care they need to control the virus,” CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden said in the news release. “By improving testing, linkage to care and treatment services, we can help people living with HIV feel better and live longer, and can reduce the spread of HIV dramatically. This is not just an individual responsibility, but a responsibility for families, partners, communities and health care providers.”

Read the CDC news release HERE.