March 5, 2012
Injection Drug Users Represent 9% of New HIV Cases in U.S.
Though the number of people contracting HIV through
injection drug use in the United States is declining, injection drug users
still account for 9 percent of all new HIV cases, according to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of the 10,073 injection drug users
interviewed by the CDC, 9 percent were HIV positive and 45 percent of those
were unaware of their status. The CDC also found that although participants
were engaging in high risk activities, including sharing syringes and engaging
in unprotected sex, only 49 percent of people reported having been tested for
HIV in the past 12 months. The CDC is asking for an increase in HIV prevention
programs and testing efforts among injection drug users to bring down rates.
To read the CDC statement, click here.
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