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Most US HIV cases not under control
Among 840,000 people who did not have the virus under control, 66 percent had been diagnosed but were not getting regular care, while 20 percent did not know they were infected. The study said four percent of those infected were getting care but were not prescribed anti-retroviral drugs. Finally, 10 percent were receiving treatment, but nevertheless did not have the infection in check. Regular and effective treatment can also reduce the risk of transmitting the virus by 96 percent. Only 30 percent of HIV-positive people in the United States had the virus under control and were receiving proper treatment. In 2009, about 26 percent of infected people had it in check. The newest data also shows that viral load increases with age, and among 18 to 24 year-olds infected with HIV, only 13 percent had a handle on it. Among those 65 and older, 37 percent reported low viral loads.

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