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Half Of Gay Men With HIV Aren’t Getting Treatment, Study Finds

hivmedsA new CDC study on gay men living with HIV in the United States found that half of those infected are not getting the treatment they need.

And of those who are taking drugs, many are not taking enough to get the virus under control.

The CDC found that only 42 percent of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV in the United States, only 42 percent have achieved viral suppression.

“It’s unacceptable that treatment, one of our most powerful tools for protecting people’s health and preventing new HIV infections, is reaching only a fraction of gay men who need it,” said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s AIDS branch.

The survey found that young and/or black men were least likely to have the virus under control, while older and white men were most likely.

Overall, there’s been a 33 percent drop in new diagnosis rates from 2002-2011, but among young gay men, the rate has doubled in the same time period.

via NBC News