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Title: 9.4 Million People Have HIV and Don’t Know It, Says Global Report
Post by: Jim Allen on January 06, 2019, 12:21:30 am
A lot of work left to do on all fronts.

In the POZ article there is a link to the full report for anyone wanting to read it.

https://www.poz.com/article/9-million-people-hiv-know-says-unaids-global-report

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9.4 Million People Have HIV and Don’t Know It, Says Global Report

In total, about 37 million people are living with HIV, and nearly 53 percent of them are not virally suppressed.

Nearly 37 million people were living with HIV across the globe in 2017, according to estimates in a new report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). About 25 percent, or 9.4 million people, are unaware of their positive status.

The report also estimates that 52.6 percent of people with HIV globally are not virally suppressed, meaning that they do not have an undetectable viral load.

Knowing your status and taking daily meds are important because people living with HIV who maintain an undetectable viral load are healthier and live longer. What’s more, they cannot transmit HIV through sex. This fact is known as “undetectable = untransmittable,” or U=U.

Putting the UNAIDS numbers in a larger context shows some optimistic trends.

“A full 75 percent of people living with HIV knew their HIV status in 2017, up from 66 percent in 2015—in three short years the number of people living with HIV who don’t know their status fell from a third to a quarter,” writes Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS executive director in the report’s foreword. “Worldwide, the percentage of people living with HIV who are virally suppressed has increased significantly, from 38 percent in 2015 to 47 percent in 2017.