Report Shows that Many Young People with HIV are Unaware They Have It

According to Tim Lahey of the New York Times “Well” blog, “Ten thousand people ages 13 to 24 are give HIV diagnoses every year in the United States,” but many of these young people are unaware that they carry the virus. Part of this problem is “the low rate of HIV testing among young people, despite the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to that every sexually active person over the age of 13 be tested for HIV. Recent research has also shown that pediatricians and parents are testing five times fewer young people for HIV than what is recommended by national guidelines.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/04/27/swipe-right-to-connect-young-people-to-h-i-v-testing/?_r=1&pagewanted=all

http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/sexualbehaviors/pdf/hivtesting_adolescents.pdf

Dr. Steven Lipsky

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