The CDC has been updating data on the Continuum of Care (see link above). It shows, that among other things, only a quarter of all Americans with HIV have their virus under control. Alarmingly that means that in those with HIV there is a lot of virus floating around that can be transmitted to others. That is because about 20% of those with the virus don’t know they are infected. Meanwhile, 60% of HIV infected youth don’t know they have HIV!
CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden recently stated the obvious: “Despite progress, most people living with HIV in America today are not getting the treatment they need,” said the director. “Well under half of the people in every group who need treatment are receiving it. We need to change this reality so that far more people living with HIV are able to stay healthy and reduce their chance of spreading the virus to others.”
That means getting people tested for the virus and if they are infected, getting them on treatment.