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In U.S., Few With HIV Have Optimal Care

November 30, 2011

A new estimate released Tuesday by CDC finds that just 28 percent of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States are receiving optimal treatment.

The data provide a new lens for understanding how HIV/AIDS impacts Americans. By incorporating the experience of everyone infected with the virus, including people who do not know they have it and those who cannot or do not access treatment, CDC epidemiologists calculated quality of care -- something no other country has accomplished, an agency spokesperson said.

"We have substantial work ahead to fully realize the benefit of treatment in the United States," said CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden.

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