4 in 10 U.S. Women Tested for HIV
With 25% of AIDS Cases Now in Women, CDC Calls for More Testing
Dec. 1, 2006 -- The U.S. government says too few women (and men) are getting
tested for AIDS.
Fewer than four in 10 U.S. women had ever been tested for HIV, the virus
that causes AIDS, as of 2004.
That's despite a steep rise in AIDS cases among U.S. women over the last 20
In 2004, women accounted for more than a quarter of U.S. AIDS cases,
compared to less than 10% in the late 1980s, CDC records show.
That information -- comes from a report by the U.S. Health and Human
The report says that, as of 2004, 37% of U.S. women age 18 and older had at
some point gotten an HIV test.
Men were even less likely to have ever been tested for HIV; less than a
third said they'd been tested.
Among women, blacks and those aged 25-34 were most likely to have been
tested. Asian women and women 65 and older were least likely to be tested.
Data came from a national health interview survey conducted by Health and
Human Services in 2004.
"Far too many Americans with HIV are not diagnosed until years after
they were infected, when it may be too late to fully benefit from available
treatments," CDC director Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, says in a CDC news
Her comments come as people around the world are marking the annual World
Gerberding notes that "about one quarter of people with HIV -- at least
250,000 Americans -- still do not realize they are infected."
Earlier this year, the CDC recommended HIV screening become a routine part
of medical care for all patients age 13-64.
Today, the government is also launching a new AIDS web site,