FROM THE ARCHIVE

At risk populations lack HIV tests

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2001

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has relaased a study saying that 30 percent of people considered at risk for HIV have never been tested.

At risk populations include American Indians and Alaska Natives, as well as other minority groups. A recent survey showed the young Native men had a high rate of new HIV infections.

HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is transmitted primarily through sexual contact and drug use. Infection often leads to a diagnosis of AIDS, or acquired imunodeficiency syndrome.

According to federal statistics, there are about 3,000 cases of HIV / AIDS in Indian Country.

In Canada, Aboriginals also face high risk of infection.

Saturday is World AIDS Day.

Get the Story:
Nearly 30% at risk for HIV go untested (AP 11/30)
HIV, AIDS increasing in high risk groups (CBC 11/30)

Relevant Links:
20 Years of AIDS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/od/20years.htm

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