Iowa: Late Testers for HIV Concern Health Officials
June 21, 2005
State health officials are increasingly concerned about Iowans who have had HIV for years before being diagnosed. People who do not know their HIV status are more likely to spread the disease, said experts, and late testers run a greater risk of developing AIDS. State records show that 52 percent of Iowans diagnosed with HIV in 2003 developed AIDS within a year of their positive diagnoses. About 1,270 state residents have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS; health officials estimate the number of undiagnosed HIV cases at 317.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.