The subject of Aids or HIV is not in the news that often anymore, at least in my news, so when I ran across this story, it really caught my attention.
According to the studies by the CDC(Center For Disease Control), on one of the largest studies that has been released by them, the problem of HIV positive people has risen..
Eight thousand people were tested, and out of those, 44% already had aids and did not know it. So first of all; it seems the biggest problem is that people are not getting tested for aids as they should. I believe the test is provided once a year if needed as it is for a lot of other health problems including different types of cancer such as breast cancer and cervical cancer.
According to the Director of the Global health and HIV policy, overall, less than one percent of Americans have the virus. The findings were one in five sexually active gay and bisexual people having the virus and not knowing it.
So far we do not have a generalized epidemic in the United States but one that is a concentrated epidemic among certain populations.
An earlier study coming from the CDC in just 5 cities in 2004-2005 found some shocking results as far as the percentages of people who actually do not know that they have the disease causing the White House to unveil a new National Aids strategy emphasizing more of a focus more on people who are gay or bisexual, since they would be at a higher risk of getting the disease.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends HIV testing at least once a year, especially for all those who are in the high risk groups. So to sum this up, you have a large number of people who do not know they have aids, and they are, some of them, going out with men and women and it continues to spread. We may not have an epidemic but it sure sounds like we could end up with one if the testing doesn’t become mandatory.
What do you think about a mandatory test for HIV for everyone no matter what sexual orientation?
Centers for Disease Control