CDC urges sexually active individuals to test for HIV - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/25/09

CDC urges sexually active individuals to test for HIV

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By Cassie Hataway | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A new study suggests that people infected with HIV are being diagnosed too late in the disease process. This is According to the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control.

Experts say HIV generally takes about 10-years to for the virus to progress into full blown AIDS. Their newest study indicates that nearly 40% of HIV positive patients, in recent years are developing AIDS within one year of the initial diagnosis. A staggering 45% of HIV positive patients are now ending up with full blown AIDS within a three year time span. The concern is that many people are waiting too long to be tested and waiting too long to begin crucial medication. 

In a related study, CDC researchers found that only 22% of high school students who are sexually active have been tested for HIV. They found that the student's age and race played a role in their testing habits and African Americans in general are more likely to be screened for HIV over other ethnic groups.

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