New Hope for Stopping HIV
Tuesday, September 11 2012 @ 09:23 AM CDT
Contributed by: News
Many people don't know they have HIV or take all the actions to control it.
Testing: More people need to be tested for HIV., 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the US., Nearly 1 in 5 people (about 240,000) don't know they are infected. Getting an HIV test can lead to getting the medical care needed to stay healthy longer.
Too many people don't know they have HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). About 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the US but about 240,000 don't know they are infected. Each year, about 50,000 people get infected with HIV in the US. Getting an HIV test is the first step to finding out if you have HIV and getting medical care. Without medical care, HIV leads to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) and early death.
There's new hope today for stopping HIV in the US. Medicines (antiretroviral therapy or ART) can lower the level of virus in the body. ART helps people with HIV live longer, healthier lives and also lowers the chances of passing HIV on to others. However, only 28% are getting the care they need to manage the disease and keep the virus under control. To help stop HIV, get tested. If you have HIV, get medical care and work with your health care provider to control the virus and not pass it on to others.
Learn what you can do to prevent HIV through testing and medical care.