About 40% of U.S. Adults Have Received HIV Tests, Study Finds
August 8, 2008
About 40% of adults in the U.S. have ever been tested for HIV, according to a study published Friday in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report to coincide with the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, the Los Angeles Times reports (Maugh, Los Angeles Times, 8/8). "In 2006, 40.4% (an estimated 71.5 million persons) of U.S. adults aged 18 to 64 years reported ever being tested for HIV infection," the study said, adding, "In addition, 10.4% (an estimated 17.8 million persons) reported being tested in the preceding 12 months, and 23% of persons who acknowledged having HIV risk factors reported being tested in the preceding 12 months."
According to the agency, among all people diagnosed with HIV in 2005, 38% received an AIDS diagnosis within one year of their first positive HIV test (Reuters, 8/7).
The study is available online.
Kaisernetwork.org is the official webcaster of the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. Click here to sign up for your Daily Update e-mail during the conference. A webcast on HIV testing and counseling is available online.
In addition, a kaisernetwork.org interview in Mexico City with Kevin Fenton, Director of the CDC's Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention is available online.
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.