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People Living Longer With HIV

Effective Drugs, Prevention Efforts, and Educational Programs Helping to Reduce Infections

HIV Infection

Testing can now detect HIV as early as nine days after infection.

Highly active antiretroviral therapy has been effective in allowing people to live longer with HIV.

However, late diagnosis is all too common. In 2008, the CDC says 33% of newly diagnosed HIV cases developed AIDS within a year. These people were likely infected with HIV 10 years prior to the diagnosis, on average. During this time period, they missed opportunities for medical care.

Frieden says in the news release that far too many Americans still underestimate their risk of infection or think HIV is no longer a serious health threat. But he says it is imperative that Americans understand that HIV is incurable and that most infections today are occurring among people under 30, a generation “that has never known a time without effective HIV treatments and who may not fully understand the significant health threat HIV poses.”

He says that advances in HIV prevention hold promise for reducing new infection.

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