Millions of Americans can still get tested for HIV this month because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is still waiting for an effective vaccine.
But the number of tests is falling short of expectations, and many are feeling underwhelmed by the effort.
That’s because there’s a backlog of more than 4.4 million people who were previously scheduled for testing, according to the CDC.
The number of people who received a test has also dropped by more than 10,000 since last October, according the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
The numbers don’t include those who haven’t tested in months or who didn’t complete their medical histories.
The new statistics also show that in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available, the CDC reported the nation had nearly 1.4 billion HIV infections.
But it also reported that 1.3 million people still were living with HIV in 2016.CDC data shows that people who are HIV-positive and who haven\’t been tested for the virus have been disproportionately affected by the outbreak.
According to the latest figures, nearly two-thirds of people in the U.S. who tested positive had HIV, compared with a quarter of people not tested.
More than one in five people tested positive, compared to less than one percent of those not tested and less than 1 percent of people tested negative.
But some people are being left behind.
The number of tested people has dropped to the lowest level in almost two decades, according.
And there are also fewer people who have completed the HIV test requirements than people who haven”t been infected.
More than 40 percent of test-takers are still living with the virus.
The rest are on their way out of the system.
For example, only 9.4 percent of tested men who haven\u2019t tested for hepatitis C have been cured, compared the same percentage in 2015.
HIV treatment rates have dropped by 50 percent in the past year.
The numbers don\’t tell the whole story, said Dr. John Cappelli, director of the CDC\’s National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention.”
We don\’T have the information on what the long-term effects of not testing for HIV are going to be,” Capplli said.”
It\’s very difficult to predict that when you have such a high number of new infections, that people will stop using condoms,” Cattoli added.
The CDC is working to help people get tested and get tested fast, but not all are happy with the process.”
I have been trying to get tested since 2014, but they are not providing me the information,” said Michelle Smith, a 30-year-old mother of two from San Diego, Calif.
Smith says she had a $300 blood test in February, but when she went back to get the results, they were negative.
She says she didn\’t know her HIV status.
Cattoli said he knows of several people who had test results negative because they were too scared to go to a doctor.
Smith is one of them. “
The rural people, they\’re really isolated and they don\’ve a lot of friends or family to go out with,” Cattoelli said.
Smith is one of them.
She has been tested but says she still feels unsafe in her home.
“People that live in the rural areas are not tested,” she said.
“It’s a huge fear.
I have been scared to come out to my friends, because I am a woman, and I can’t go out alone.”
She also worries about the lack of information.
“If we don\’te do it, it\’s not going to happen,” she added.