Engine No. 48,000
by Scott Hess
New know-not infected stats
An average of 48,000
folks in New York state have HIV but remain unaware of it, according
to a recent number-crunching Gay Men's Health Crisis report, the
first estimates of undiagnosed HIV in New York. "Those infected with
HIV but don't know it are the engine that drives the AIDS epidemic,"
said GMHC's acting head Ronald Johnson. "Fifty thousand undiagnosed
people can't be ignored." Nationwide, as of 1996, HIVers
not-in-the-know made up about 240,000, according to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.