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CDC: HIV Infections Higher Than Estimated

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A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the number of new HIV infections is actually higher than previously estimated.

The updated findings, according to the CDC, are the result of a new sophisticated technology that can distinguish between both recent HIV infections and those that are long-standing, sometimes undiagnosed until years after infection.

Although the new numbers do not indicate an overall increase in annual infections, CDC researchers say the rate of new infections in the U.S. remains "unacceptably high."

Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), explains the numbers and what they could mean for HIV treatment and prevention in the U.S.



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