Reuters (06.25.09) - Friday, June 26, 2009
Just 22 percent of sexually active US students ages 14-18 are
tested for HIV, and almost half of adolescents and young
adults who are positive for the virus are unaware of their
infection, CDC said Thursday.
The analysis of data from the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey
of students in grades nine through 12 found older teens were
more likely to have been tested for HIV, and girls were more
likely than boys to have been screened. Testing was more
common among students who had learned about HIV/AIDS in school
versus those who had not, CDC said, calling for schools to
include more information on the virus in their curricula.
People ages 12-24 comprise 4.4 percent of the estimated 1.1
million people in the United States who are living with
HIV/AIDS. However, they represent 10 percent of the estimated
232,700 people who do not know they are infected.
"At the end of 2006, an estimated 48 percent of adolescents
and young adults infected with HIV were unaware of their
infection, representing missed opportunities for diagnosis,
treatment and reduction in the number of new HIV
transmissions," the agency said.
The report, "HIV Testing Among High School Students - United
States, 2007," was published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly