The number of adults ages 18 to 64 tested for HIV reached a record high of 82.9 million adults in 2009, or 45% of that population, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (PDF).
Record number of adults tested for HIV: CDC
The percentage of adults that age who had tested in 2001 to 2006 had held steady at about 40%, according to the CDC.
The CDC also noted, though, that approximately 200,000 of the estimated 1.1 million adults with HIV do not know they are infected. That poses a problem as most sexually transmitted diseases are transmitted by people who don't know they have them.
“Today's news shows that we have had progress increasing testing, and that more progress is both necessary and possible,” Thomas Frieden, CDC director, said in a news release. “With most adults and with nearly a third of high-risk people having never been tested for HIV, we need to do more to ensure that all Americans have access to voluntary, routine and early HIV testing in order to save lives and reduce the spread of this terrible disease.”
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