CDC: Many U.S. adults have never been tested for HIV

January 26, 2018

(HealthDay)—Almost 40 percent of women and more than 50 percent of men aged 15 to 44 years had never been tested for HIV between 2011 and 2015, according to a report published Jan. 25 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

Isaedmarie Febo-Vazquez, from the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Md., and colleagues examined the proportion of people who have never been tested for HIV outside of blood or blood product donation and the reasons for never having been tested for HIV. Data were obtained from 2011 to 2015 from the National Survey of Family Growth for 9,321 men and 11,300 women.

The researchers found that 38.8 percent of women and 53.8 percent of men had never been tested for HIV outside of donating blood or blood products. The lowest percentages of those never tested were seen for non-Hispanic black women and men (20.8 and 32.2 percent, respectively) compared with other Hispanic-origin or other race groups. There was variation in never testing by marital or cohabiting status, education, and sexual orientation. The most common reasons reported for having never been tested for HIV was that they were unlikely to have been exposed and had never been offered a test.

"The greater prevalence of having never been tested for HIV among adolescents and young adults may inform programs aimed at reducing HIV infections in these populations," the authors write.

Explore further: Urban, rural variation in fertility-related behaviors for U.S. women

More information: Abstract/Full Text

Related Stories

Urban, rural variation in fertility-related behaviors for U.S. women

January 9, 2018
(HealthDay)—There is urban and rural variation in fertility-related behavior among U.S. women, according to a January data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health ...

2013 to 2015 infant mortality rate varied by state and race

January 4, 2018
(HealthDay)—The infant mortality rate varied by state, from 4.28 to 9.08 per 1,000 live births in Massachusetts and Mississippi, respectively, in 2013 through 2015, according to a January data brief published by the U.S. ...

Young men who have sex with men receive less HIV education

January 22, 2018
Young men who have sex with men (MSM) are at much higher risk of HIV infection compared to their peers, but a new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researcher suggests young MSM are less likely ...

One in five younger Americans tested for HIV

June 2, 2015
(HealthDay)—Nearly one-fifth of teens and younger adults in the United States have been tested recently for HIV, federal health officials reported Tuesday.

More US women hope for motherhood, with two kids ideal

October 13, 2016
(HealthDay)—More American women want to become mothers, and their dream family consists of two children, a new U.S. government report shows.

Variation in proportion of cancer survivors undergoing HIV testing

November 19, 2014
(HealthDay)—The proportion of cancer survivors undergoing HIV testing varies by state and demographic and health-related factors, according to a study published Nov. 13 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's ...

Recommended for you

New simulation tool predicts how well HIV-prophylaxis will work

June 14, 2018
A new mathematical simulation approach predicts the efficacy of pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medications, which help prevent HIV infection. The framework, presented in PLOS Computational Biology by Sulav Duwal ...

Many at risk for HIV despite lifesaving pill

June 11, 2018
Multiple barriers may stop high-risk individuals from accessing an HIV drug that can reduce the subsequent risk of infection, according to a new University of Michigan study.

Active HIV in large white blood cells may drive cognitive impairment in infected mice

June 7, 2018
Macrophages, large white blood cells that engulf and destroy potential pathogens, harbor active viral reserves that appear to play a key role in impaired learning and memory in mice infected with a rodent version of HIV. ...

HIV vaccine elicits antibodies in animals that neutralize dozens of HIV strains

June 4, 2018
An experimental vaccine regimen based on the structure of a vulnerable site on HIV elicited antibodies in mice, guinea pigs and monkeys that neutralize dozens of HIV strains from around the world. The findings were reported ...

HIV study reveals new group of men at risk of infection

June 4, 2018
A group of men who may be underestimating their HIV risk has been identified in a new study.

Discovery reveals how cells try to control levels of key HIV protein

May 31, 2018
One of the many challenges in treating HIV is that the virus can lie dormant in cells, quietly evading immune detection until it suddenly roars to life without warning and begins replicating furiously. Salk Institute researchers ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.