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June 26, 2009

Very high level of late diagnosis in US: 38% develop AIDS within one year

"A substantial proportion of HIV-positive individuals in the US are diagnosed late, according to an article in the June 26th edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. An analysis of data from 34 US states revealed that 38% of patients progressed to AIDS within a year of their HIV diagnosis.

"The report was published ahead of the US National HIV Testing Day on June 27th. 'To reduce late testing for HIV infection, health-care providers should fully implement both routine and risk-based HIV testing', comment the investigators."

Read more in Aidsmap, June 26, 2009.