In Most Cases, Knowingly
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning HIV in the U.S. finds that while 86 percent of those who have the AIDS virus have been diagnosed, only 30 percent are receiving treatment and medication to suppress and control it. Based on the most recent available figures, from 2011, the CDC estimates that this leaves almost 840,000 Americans with active, uncontrolled HIV. Of that number, only 14 percent have attempted to treat it, while 66 percent have yet to follow up on their diagnosis, and 20 percent don't even know they're infected. The numbers are especially troubling for younger people with HIV; only 13 percent of those in the 18-24 age group have the virus under control, and fewer than 50 percent have even been diagnosed.