CDC: Half of young people with HIV don't know it
November 27th, 2012
01:52 PM ET

CDC: Half of young people with HIV don't know it

Almost a quarter of new HIV cases are seen in young people, and more than half of them don't know they're infected, says a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

According to the report, more than 12,000 new cases occurred in young people aged 13 to 24 in 2010, and close to 60% of them did not know their HIV status.

"That so many young people become infected with HIV each year is a preventable tragedy," wrote CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden in the report.

Among the hardest-hit every year are young gay and bisexual men and young African-American men, according to the report.  And despite recommendations from the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S.Preventive Services Task Force that everyone 15 and older receive HIV testing, many teens and young adults still do not get tested.

Researchers found that only about a third of 18-24 year olds and only 13% of high school students have ever been tested.

The CDC also looked at specific risk factors in the young gay and bisexual communities, and found that overall, men having sex with men tended to engage in riskier behavior.

Specifically, they were more likely to have had sex with more than four partners, and more likely to have used injectable drugs - both risk factors for HIV.

In addition, they were more likely to have used drugs or alcohol before having sex, and were less likely to use a condom.

"We can and must achieve a generation that is free from HIV and AIDS," wrote Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS at the CDC. "It will take a concerted effort at all levels across our nation to empower all young people, especially young gay and bisexual youth, with the tools and resources they need to protect themselves from HIV infection."

The report comes just four days before World AIDS Day on December 1.

soundoff (163 Responses)
  1. Clown

    If this isn't reason enough to use protection then I don't know what is.

    November 27, 2012 at 17:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. ross

    I'm not quite sure what to say to this as this is so ridiculous it seems as though you must be joking. I'm a young gay male and I've never heard someone refer to AIDs or HIV as the gift. You probably believed that whole drinking hand sanitizer nonsense as well. That is simply the news sensationalising a rare act of stupidity or in this case the opinion of a few nut jobs and passing it off as the new norm. Please think before you say something so baseless- few people laugh at the prospect of spending the rest of their lives simply fighting to stay alive.

    November 27, 2012 at 18:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Eddie Haskell

    Blame the Catholic Church. They have this country by the balls!!

    November 27, 2012 at 18:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Allen

      Why blame the Catholic Church? They're the ones advocating abstinence. If people abstained and waiting (not really realistic on a national scale, but whatever) there wouldn't be this problem.

      November 27, 2012 at 18:47 | Report abuse |
    • He Man

      Yeah one look at the White House should tell you how strong the Catholic Curch is in our government....?NOT!

      November 27, 2012 at 18:50 | Report abuse |
    • rayinx

      You could blame the church for two reasons, abstaining from the use of condoms and all of the man on boy sex.

      November 27, 2012 at 19:03 | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      The pubic schools in New York pass out oral contraceptives & after pills rather than teaching safe sex with condoms. Gynecologists now want to implant intrauterine devices in students rather than hand out condoms & teach them how to use them properly. Both of these new policies will cause AIDS epidemics. Try blaming these idiots for undermining the teaching of safe s3x condom usage that has saved lives.
      The Catholic church believes in sexual expression within a faithful monogamous marriage. That reduces the risk of HIV. At any other time they urge people to use abstinence, a safe way to avoid s3xual transmission of HIV. Any other type of behavior is certainly not sanctioned by the church, so stop exhibiting your religious bigotry, rayinx. They may be dinosaurs, but they do not deliberately cause HIV. Behavior the church disapprove of (like promiscuity, or drug abuse) causes HIV.

      November 27, 2012 at 23:04 | Report abuse |
    • Hey

      And next on our tour of this article's comments, if you look up you can see a stereotypical ignorant far-left/far-right commenter complaining about the Catholic Church.

      November 27, 2012 at 23:14 | Report abuse |
    • Cleanup Philly

      What about those who are not Catholic who contract the disease? Don't be daft - one religion is not due all the blame. The answer is in public health measures that reach these youth, and they are refusing to be tested. They are afraid to know. These are precisely the people who must know.

      We must bring in mandatory testing, such as is done for TB.

      November 28, 2012 at 01:13 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

      @ Allen
      Abstinence doesn’t work. So advocating abstinence is no difference than advocating drinking hand sanitizer.

      @ Guest
      You’re wrong. They are taking those steps in ADDITION to teaching safe sex moron.

      November 28, 2012 at 09:54 | Report abuse |
  4. mike

    Hell, the way the world's falling apart might not be such a bad thing too not stick around for a long time. Oh, no with so many people dying from AIDS what's the US gobberment too do....who they gonna tax? lol Between AIDS and you name it drugs in the US we might have a few left after it's all said and done. Yep, America you're not as good as you once was.

    November 27, 2012 at 18:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. tom

    Hell, the way the world's falling apart might not be such a bad thing too not stick around for a long time. Oh, no with so many people dying from AIDS what's the US gobberment too do....who they gonna tax? lol Between AIDS and you name it drugs in the US we might have a few left after it's all said and done. Yep, America you're not as good as you once was.

    November 27, 2012 at 18:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Voidel

    Its a disturbing phenomenon. Its called bug-chasing. And yes it is happenning. But I think its more prevalent in the white gay community more so than the black gay community.

    November 27, 2012 at 18:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Tiredoldman

    A lot of gay black men don't want to admit that they are gay even to their Doc. So if asked they just say that they are straight. I remember reading a Play Boy magazine (yes there are articles in Play Boy 🙂 ) back in the 70s talking about how "The scene in the Bath Houses out west hadn't slowed down at all even with the current outbreak of herpes. What will it take for people to calm their sex drive. An out break of the black death?" What came along a few years later? AIDS.

    November 27, 2012 at 18:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. EllenistheNewJesus

    I don't believe a word of this story.

    November 27, 2012 at 18:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • celticstormer

      Seriously, nobody cares what some 14 year old kid believes or doesn't believe.

      November 27, 2012 at 19:29 | Report abuse |
  9. BB

    HIV is not such a tragedy as this story claims. Perhaps the writer is stuck in the 80s. HIV is now a managable condition like diabetes...in fact, having diabetes is more of a death stentence, ands a worse fate.

    November 27, 2012 at 19:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • celticstormer

      Completely uninformed ignorant post.

      November 27, 2012 at 19:29 | Report abuse |
    • InFormed

      Seriously, spreading false information is pathetic. AIDS is a death sentence, there is NO cure, period. All of the drugs used today to control it can only slow it down. Young people are so pathetic.

      November 27, 2012 at 19:31 | Report abuse |
    • Say What Now !?

      I'm gonna have to disagree with you on this. It is a tragedy. Yeah it may be managable, but which would you rather tell a potential partner? I have diabetes or I have HIV/AIDS. mmmhhmmm silence. Depending on the type, Diabetes is a disease that cannot be prevent(Type I- Childhood onset). Also depending on the type, Diabetes can sometimes be cured (Type II- due to being overweight). In almost all cases HIV/AIDS can be prevented. In ALL cases, it is incurable.

      November 27, 2012 at 19:34 | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      It will take major reductions in promiscuous behavior and IV drug use to have any hope of achieving "a generation that is free from HIV and AIDS," but I do not see that happening in a society that increasingly tolerates anything but judging another person's behavior.

      November 27, 2012 at 20:01 | Report abuse |
    • joe

      I have HIV, I'm only 22 and I'd take diabetes any day of the week over HIV.

      On a side note, I'm not gay, bisexual, or black.

      November 27, 2012 at 20:02 | Report abuse |
    • In the mist

      Joe, how did you get infected or who you got it from?

      November 27, 2012 at 22:43 | Report abuse |
    • CN

      @BB: Yes, HIV can be controlled and slowed down by taking a drug therapy regimen everyday. However, did you stop to think about the toll that this drug therapy regimen is going to take on the patient's vital organs? That is where the problems come into the picture. This strain on the vital organs will one day bring organ or organs failure, thus resulting in death. So see, the HIV patient still loses.

      November 28, 2012 at 00:01 | Report abuse |
    • maria

      Jokes, I am so sorry to hear that. Much love to you.

      November 28, 2012 at 00:40 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

      Actually BB is correct. My fiancé is a doctor and says they same thing.

      November 28, 2012 at 09:57 | Report abuse |
    • ser

      that may be true that it is a manageable disease...that doesn't mean that i want. i don't want diabetes or cancer either and those are manageable diseases...worst comment ever.

      November 28, 2012 at 12:16 | Report abuse |
    • its the gays duh

      is that what your lover told you?

      December 2, 2012 at 23:47 | Report abuse |
    • Zee

      BB – I recently worked for an HIV program. The opinion you express is part of the reason young people have become lax about protecting theirselves against HIV: they think you can just take a pill everyday and life goes on. HIV is still a terminal condition. Success is a relative term in regard to HIV. The medication works with varying degrees of effectiveness depending on the strain of HIV a person has, their ability to adhere to the often rigorous medication regimines, and their ability to tolerate what are often life-changing side effects. HIV is a BIG deal.

      December 5, 2012 at 15:22 | Report abuse |
  10. glenda

    There's also a problem with HIV and Aids, being on the rise with elderly people. Just because you're old, don't think you're safe from this. Many of these people spent their lives sleeping with one person, and suddenly find themselves alone because of death or divorce. Nobody explained to them, when you're sleeping with somebody, you're also sleeping with everybody, they slept with. Next thing you know, Grandma or Grandpa is in trouble, just like the gays, straights, and the drug addicts. Truly sad.

    November 27, 2012 at 19:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. David L

    "The Gift" is herpes not HIV. Noone in their right mind would want HIV!!

    November 27, 2012 at 19:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Josh

    Oh wow, so much misinformation...I'll try. Being HIV+ and having full blown AIDS are two totally different situations in terms of life expectancy. If you catch the virus early, all things being equal (Like you don't have Hep C or other illnesses) and even if you have full blown AIDS, it is likely you will NOT die of anything but old age if you gets on med ASAP. It is not a death sentence at all...That is a fact! Yes, we have progressed that far, a cure is around the corner. Having said that, it still sucks to have it...It's expensive if you don't have insurance and yes there is a HUGE stigma related to having it...Precisely because of the comments here, ignorant, fear based ones, people continue to project it as the worst disease in the world...Well, it's not even close any more...It just has a long, sad history that will not be vanquished anytime soon...Also, I am speaking in terms of American society, not the issue in Sub-Sahara Africa where less people can afford the meds or gain access to them. It is not a gift by any means except to some people who think it is better to have it and take meds than constantly be worried about getting it...I know, makes no sense, but that is the concept there...Bottom line is that people will continue to do what God and Nature has programmed them to do- have sex – and so personal responsibility is the key. But if you have this now, DO NOT be ashamed...no matter how you got it...even if you did "something stupid" to get it or were born with it at no fault of your own...Chin up...and ignore the ignorant people who use this as a platform to put down others...You are the living proof that the ignorant people are simply "dead" wrong. Support you HIV/AIDS research and put an end to this discussion once and for all...PS: Yes, I am HIV positive, 45, got it two years ago, I love my life, I am fine and so will you!

    November 27, 2012 at 20:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • In the mist

      Josh, do you know how you got infected or where you got it from? How did you find out? I am afraid to go get tested....

      November 27, 2012 at 22:49 | Report abuse |
    • RB

      There is no such diagnosis as "half blown AIDS" so stop using the term "full blown AIDS". It is simply "AIDS", period. And I too am HIV+.

      November 27, 2012 at 23:01 | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Well Hip Hip Hooray for you(sarcasm). Since expectancy is 30-40 years receiving all those expensive antivirals, that means your life span after diagnosis at 43 will not be viciously truncated like these poor teenager's will.
      A 15 year old who contracts AIDS will die by 45-55. Did you read the article? Most of them(60%) do not even know they have it. Since most are poor, they will not live to your ago.
      Just like the parents of the 7 year old on my street who died of AIDS. They found out they had AIDS when the child was born HIV positive. Antivirals only work if you can tolerate their toxicity, this child could not. The child followed his parents into the grave.
      Face it, only the older patients like you will retire & collect social security. For teens the outlook is grim.

      November 28, 2012 at 00:20 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

      @ RB
      It’s a common phrase meant to show a clear difference between HIV and AIDS. So get over yourself.

      November 28, 2012 at 09:59 | Report abuse |
  13. drus

    Your an idiot

    November 27, 2012 at 20:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Eileen

    I really think they should have HIV screenings done in high schools once a year for free... Have students parents sign a waiver in order for them to get tested. Its so sad so many are out there with HIV and not know. They are our friends neighbors siblings....

    November 27, 2012 at 20:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cleanup Philly

      This won't make much of a dent because the tests are not mandatory.

      Let's face it - science, epidemiology, shows us that we are missing too many who are refusing testing that is free and/or easy to get. We must mandate testing as we do for diseases like TB.

      What is the problem? Every food or hospital employee must get tested for TB. Why not make it mandatory to test all inmates as part of the physical, since TB testing and other screenings are done at that time for the sake of public health to the population?

      This over correctness as to not offend or upset is killing the young. They'll be fine to be required to take an HIV test - they'll either be relieved or have the critical knowledge they need to act to save their lives and others.

      November 28, 2012 at 01:10 | Report abuse |
  15. Mentalist

    Do you ride in short bus to school?

    November 27, 2012 at 21:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Josh

    @ Eileen – You are 100% correct...It is not only good for the student, it helps the population at large in containing the disease until scientist and researches can eradicate it (likely through gene therapies) from those who have it and prevent it via vaccine...(Four to five years away AT MOST as per experts).. The days of HIV/AIDs are numbered...That is the good news...However, now we all need to stop blaming the victims and start supporting them instead, NO MATTER HOW THEY GOT IT. There is simply no other argument that anyone can stand on. Blaming the victims en masse as if they all "deserved" it is really a VERY bigoted angle and bigots will always be bigots...

    November 27, 2012 at 21:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cleanup Philly

      The problems of creating a vaccine for flu vaccine have not been overcome, and there is no timeline to estimate when that will happen. The recent flu vaccine trials were a failure.

      November 28, 2012 at 01:11 | Report abuse |
  17. otto

    7,000 did not know. is that even 1/10th of one percent of that age group?

    November 27, 2012 at 21:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. AM

    I see patients who are " not allowed to know" that they are positive. 15 years old and have no idea that they have had this since birth. Have even had situatioms where the father has not been told, and HAS NO CLUE. People can live strong productive lives but we risk the continued spread of this disease by enabling people to lie to their children and family. Nothing is accomplished through denial...

    November 27, 2012 at 21:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Guest

      Aren't there laws requiring partners be informed? Sex without informing a partner in most states is now deemed to be attempted murder. If that 15 year old spreads HIV there will be both criminal & civil charges against the adult(s) involved. All doctors are required to inform public health authorities upon diagnosis of HIV.

      November 27, 2012 at 23:25 | Report abuse |
    • Cleanup Philly

      AIDS groups are working to weaken criminal prosecution of HIV transmission by not informing the partner. This is where some of the earnest money raised to "fight" the disease goes.

      We have to be honest that there must be limits on behavior regarding a deadly disease, just as there are for other deadly diseases, like TB.

      We didn't beat TB, and would not have, in the US if we had allowed only voluntary testing, treatment, and complete privacy to the point where families and partners do not know the risk to their loved one or themselves. We must use common sense here.

      November 28, 2012 at 01:17 | Report abuse |
  19. Darlene Buckingham

    There is a lot of information surfacing that HIV is not an indicator of AIDS – do the research – HIV is a huge money maker. Greed and fear are killing us faster than HIV ever will. Magic Johnson was diagnosed in 1991 with HIV and he is thriving 21 years later. Is HIV really the new name for poverty and inequality?

    November 27, 2012 at 21:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Guest

      He is thriving because he could afford the latest medical care as it emerged. How many millions do you think he spent? How much can you afford?

      November 27, 2012 at 23:17 | Report abuse |
    • labrat

      HIV is not necessarily an indicator of AIDS, it's a precursor. HIV is a virus, that if allowed to spread enough and kill enough of your immune system will develop into AIDS (which is a syndrome).

      People can live long lives with HIV if they've got money for medicine, if they're careful with germs and exposure to them, and if they're lucky.

      If one of the above does not happen, you're likely to develop AIDS and then if you get too exposed to germs, will die. The reason it's not necessarily a death sentence is because AIDS means your specific immune system is destroyed, but the innate immune system survives. That's enough to kill off some small viruses and bacterial infections that are weak. But, you don' t build up memory of those diseases, so you get sick again with the same thing. So if you keep exposure down, you'll be fine. If you're unlucky, you're dead.

      Luck has a lot to do with it

      And honestly, people who spend years going to school and incuring debt to become doctors or researchers are not usually in it for the money. Really, trust me, no one would go through 4 years of undergrad, 4-8 years of med or grad school just to trick people into thinking a disease is more dangerous than it is so that you would spend money that actually doesn't go to the researchers and doctors

      November 28, 2012 at 00:08 | Report abuse |
  20. MashaSobaka

    How about we stop focusing almost exclusively on the MSM community and start focusing just as much on the ethnic minorities and users who are at just as high risk (if not higher, in many places)?

    November 27, 2012 at 21:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Guest

      Amen. A 7 year old my kids played with died of AIDS, because his mother was a user. Only 7 years old!

      November 27, 2012 at 23:14 | Report abuse |
    • Bari

      You're 100% on the money with this MashaSobaka.

      November 27, 2012 at 23:49 | Report abuse |
    • Cleanup Philly

      Masha is correct - the highest transmission rates are now young minority heterosexual females. If we fail to reach them with the message of treatment and testing, we have given a new green light to the disease.

      November 28, 2012 at 01:20 | Report abuse |
    • nobody

      That is complete crap. MSM are still by far the highest affected, I cannot believe people keep spreading that lie about minority females. It's no the truth, I don't understand why so many people say it. Is it not important if it's affecting msm more than others? Because in America, it is.

      November 28, 2012 at 02:38 | Report abuse |
  21. jamessavik

    As an older gay male who was 18 in 1980, I got to live though the fear. I got to live through the dying and the grief. The drugs got better and made it a treatable illness instead of a death sentence. Those were hard years and difficult times.

    Anybody that had ever seen this up close, there's no way that it doesn't change them.

    November 27, 2012 at 22:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. James

    I certainly have no plans of getting HIV. Unlike the rest of my generation, I am not an idiot who sleeps with anything that moves. My biggest worry is the generation after mine will be even more liberal and closed minded.

    November 27, 2012 at 22:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. ronjayaz

    Quite the contrary, kids dont think of death. Old people do.

    November 27, 2012 at 22:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. ronjayaz

    Oops, my mistake.

    November 27, 2012 at 23:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Da Truthhhh

    A whole Bunch of White Males are BiSexual, just had to through that in there they always talk about Black Males with Aids but alot and I mean alot of Whites are undercover Gays as well ,Look at Jerry Sandusky

    November 27, 2012 at 23:02 | Report abuse | Reply
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    November 27, 2012 at 23:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. choo

    HIV is latent longer than youth lasts. It may even be initially asymptomatic. Of course half won't know. Half of adults won't know until the latency is over. Really dumb, CNN.

    November 27, 2012 at 23:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. False Left Right

    This story was also posted on Yahoo and it seems a part was left out.

    "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said blacks represented more than half of new infections in youths. The estimates are based on 2010 figures"

    November 27, 2012 at 23:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. HEFR

    Speaking of young black males being infected well I guess a majority of white girls are infected because that is all that
    young black men mess with

    November 28, 2012 at 00:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ImASheep

      you must have not ever been to a big city where I from you a black person can go the whole year without seeing an actual White person. In fact Interracial dating is still relatively a small thing still.. don't worry we catching on pretty fast. as for me I don't with Cave Women. Man, between Gays, AIds, low birth rate and white girls crossing over it looks pretty dim for the white Race.. the gay thing Decimate the White population over the next two hundred years.

      November 28, 2012 at 00:57 | Report abuse |
    • Hey

      My only concern is the death of hundreds of cultures as a result, German, French, Spanish, Scandinavian, exc traditions will be lost forever. No more blue, green, hazel, grey, or violet eyes. No more flaxen, blond, red, or brown hair. Languages will die. I don't see why it is so encouraged

      November 28, 2012 at 01:01 | Report abuse |
    • Cleanup Philly

      The sad thing about the politically correct CNN omitting the warning from the CDC that it is blacks who represent the overwhelming majority of new HIV cases is that it is blacks themselves who are certain it is a white disease of gay men.

      November 28, 2012 at 01:24 | Report abuse |
    • Cleanup Philly

      CNN should have included this part of the CDC report:

      The CDC estimates that 50,000 people are infected with HIV in the United States each year, and that about 1 million Americans are currently infected with the virus.
      “Nearly 60 percent of new infections in youth occur in African Americans, about 20 percent in Hispanics/Latinos, and about 20 percent in whites," Tuesday’s report says.

      That is from NBC.com coverage. Now what were you saying about HIV wiping out the "white population?"

      November 28, 2012 at 01:39 | Report abuse |
  30. Sheldon

    Aids was created by the corporations to keep us in need of their over priced medication. The corporations control the government.

    November 28, 2012 at 00:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sheldon

      A mysterious yellow liquid is coming out of me and soaking my pants! It is probably because of the corporations!

      November 28, 2012 at 00:10 | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      No, HIV appears naturally in monkeys in Africa & finally crossed over into humans. Probably hunters who got blood from the animals they killed into an open cut, or people who had some undercooked meat.
      Have you seen someone about that paranoia?

      November 28, 2012 at 00:31 | Report abuse |
    • Sheldon

      That's what the corporations want you to think.... They are trying to keep beastiality illegal, we deserve to have the right to have relations with animals in a world with cheaper meds and no upperclass telling us how to live our lives!

      November 28, 2012 at 00:37 | Report abuse |
    • Sheldon

      I love my fiancé, her name is Brenda, she is a vibrant beautiful jack rabbit. We knew it was love at first sight, who are you to say our love isn't real? It is completely natural. How is my love any different then yours? Unfortunately we can't marry, maybe one day society will accept us.

      November 28, 2012 at 00:52 | Report abuse |
  31. Sheldon

    I like chicken

    November 28, 2012 at 00:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Ekaterina Kaverina

    Retroviral infections can't be cured. Medications can keep a person alive, yes. Testing should be available, free and reliably secret! So that people are not scared to get checked. It is important.

    November 28, 2012 at 00:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cleanup Philly

      But all of that is true now. Is it possible that is what part of the problem is?

      November 28, 2012 at 01:26 | Report abuse |
  33. jj

    The Gift? That keeps on giving??? Why would any sexual disease be called 'the gift'???
    Sex is fun, and kids like it. It's easy to assume it's the kids with empty lives that have sex. It's anyone, and everyone.

    November 28, 2012 at 00:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. ImASheep

    I Know you all not trying ti here this. but this is us reaping what we Soe. The Most High Gave us a standard for living and because some of the things are unbelievable or it talks against some of the things we do, we try to reject and try and call t fairy tales. we so loose and Independent about sex. convincing children that sex is a life style and thats it's acceptable to talk about sex " its not bad I was born this way" And Notice that Gay men still holding down the Top spot in Spreading AIDS.. we being played by Satan.. Listen if YaH (god) was not real why does it seem like we are going out the way to do everything to do that he told us Thy shalt not do.. Commandment Number #5 Honor your Mother and Father. no wonder our kids are a mess.

    November 28, 2012 at 00:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Cleanup Philly

    From the incredible ignorance of some of these comments, I implore CNN to write an honest article, even if controversial, about the reality of the HIV transmission rates among minorities, specifically blacks, and specifically young women.

    Use math and charts, and repeatedly assert that HIV is now no longer a gay disease, or a white disease. Also part of the article must be the fact that if you have an STD of some other kind your rate of HIV contraction is greatly increased. This is also a large factor in the increase in US transmission among these groups.

    While it will be an article rejected by many for a variety of reasons, it is just this sort of thinking that must finally be debunked.

    November 28, 2012 at 01:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • nobody

      In the U.S., 61 percent of infections in 2009 were from msm sexual contact. How can you say it's no longer a gay disease? That is just a ridiculous statement.

      November 28, 2012 at 02:44 | Report abuse |
    • nobody

      You talk about others being ignorant yet you spread misinformed lies here...

      November 28, 2012 at 02:46 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

      @ nobody
      Because its only 61% and not 100%. ANYONE can contract HIV and do. That’s the point.

      November 28, 2012 at 10:11 | Report abuse |
  36. Fozzyspeak

    Yes, you are a sheep.

    November 28, 2012 at 01:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. jimbojoe

    What none of these articles will tell you is that women have twice the infection chance of men. That easily explains the rising infection of young women.

    November 28, 2012 at 01:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • nobody

      That is a completely untrue statement, in America men outnumber women when it comes to HIV infections. Where do you people get this stuff? It's so annoying. Stop spreading misinformation.

      November 28, 2012 at 02:45 | Report abuse |
    • fiftyfive55

      @nobody-he is right,it is much easier for women to contract this disease than men,simply by the way bodily secretions are exchanged,you should really read a little more about this disease.

      November 28, 2012 at 07:40 | Report abuse |
    • nobody

      @fiftyfive55 I misread and thought he wrote that women have twice the transmission RATE of men, which is not true. My mistake, sorry.

      November 28, 2012 at 13:51 | Report abuse |
  38. De'Anthony Miller

    Basically no matter your sexually orientation, you have to protect you self and be safe. Because everyone around the world doesn't want to be sick and die of a horrible disease. This may not be what God or whatever religion intended. But what is important is safety. Make the world a better place and keep it clean.

    November 28, 2012 at 01:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Bill Davis

    Talk about getting stuck in the rear...how's that working out for you.

    November 28, 2012 at 03:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. instateofshock

    Its really sad that this should be about young ppl not be fearful of being tested ...look at the comments.
    Its more like the blame game... Not cool...get tested for yourself...and your health...you can always find a life worth living by being honest with yourself. I undrrstand...and i can only hope that ppl get real...you wonder why so many young ppl make bad choices...be a better rolemodel.....stop blaming sex race...etc... Blame urself for being blind hiv dont care....

    November 28, 2012 at 05:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DeeDeeinIndy


      December 3, 2012 at 15:28 | Report abuse |
  41. fiftyfive55

    The only way we will ever stop HIV/AIDS is for people to close their legs and wait for marriage and then only have relations with your wife.Anything else is pure fantasy.

    November 28, 2012 at 07:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

      Actually that is complete nonsense. Many..many people have contracted AIDS from unfaithful spouses, blood transfusions and needle sharing. The only way to stop HIV/AIDS is through scientific research you primitive sheep. Go thump somewhere else please.

      November 28, 2012 at 10:03 | Report abuse |
    • DeeDeeinIndy

      HIV/AIDS loves to travel on ignorance likes yours. WAKE UP!

      December 3, 2012 at 15:31 | Report abuse |
    • Fadi

      I agree with you

      January 10, 2013 at 05:09 | Report abuse |
  42. zeela


    Yes, gay males have the highest HIV incident rate. Then heterosexuals. Then gay women. Guess that means lesbians are god's chosen people

    November 28, 2012 at 07:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. ebaynewsonline

    I am a 56 yo HIV male for the past 2 yrs. Pf course it was a result of my own stupidity in having unprotected sex. However, with the advancement in the medications providing those infected a long life, I had more of a fear of dying from Cancer than from HIV since both my parents died of cancer @ 54. God gave us the most wonderful aspect of life and that being sex. To be honest, when my doctor told me that I was HIV positive, I was sort of relieved that he wasn't telling me that I had cancer with only 6 months to live.

    Regarding the youths of today not knowing that thay are HIV positive. The same reason adults don't get tested is the same reason young people wish not to know. Prosecution under the law for not informing your partner of your status. Personally, I think that the answer is to change the law to prosecute those that become infected. Such a law would perhaps force a people to be more responsible for protecting themselves from the virus, not forcing the infected person to protect you. This is NOT a new disease and no excuse for anyone not takign steps to protected themself. It's time that people take responsibility for their own demise. I have NO ONE to blame for my HIV status other than myself.

    With that all said, with the help on meds, today my immune system is back to normal, HIV count is undetectable and life is continuing as it was before I knew.

    November 28, 2012 at 08:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

      You've been 56 for two years?

      November 28, 2012 at 10:04 | Report abuse |
  44. Tom

    After working at an HIV?AIDS organization for the past twenty years, I can tell you that DemFL is right. there are people (not just kids) who want to be infected with HIV. I do not understand it, so I will not try to give a reason why they want this. But I CAN tell you that I have been HIV+ for over 25 years, and it is NO 'Gift".

    November 28, 2012 at 09:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. My Opinion

    Guess you can't say anything slightly non-politically correct on here... Certainly not anything about being completely opposed to being gay. Goodness forbid that... But it serves no purpose... Can't make children. Christian or Athiest. It's pointles. Just self-gratifying and disgusting.

    November 28, 2012 at 09:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

      The comment above yours suggest otherwise. Not the sharpest Crayola in the box are we?

      November 28, 2012 at 10:07 | Report abuse |
  46. Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

    You name it and some idiot has done it or tried to. That doesn’t mean “kids don’t care, they actually want it”. That’s at best a generalization and worst (and most likely) bigoted.

    November 28, 2012 at 09:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son


    November 28, 2012 at 10:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lord Toronaga


      November 28, 2012 at 14:07 | Report abuse |
  48. ebaynewsonline

    Hey Lord Toronaga. who said anything about being "gay"? And to imply that gay people are "psychotic or at least mentally disturbed" doesn't say much for you. Umm most child abductions are committed by Str8's and most sexual molestation are committed by str8's yet I guess you think that those str8's are not psychotic or at least mentally disturbed. Once again someone showing ignorance but let's analyze this a bit further. Do you smoke? eat at fastfood places? drive a car that polluttng the air you breath? ever drink alcohol? Induce drugs into your system? If any apply, then I guess that you don't care about your health either. Heck, why not just shoot all the gays so you have no one to blame for HIV but the str8's?

    Why is it so many people have to toss religion into the mix? If everything that goes on behind closed doors were to be revealed, 95% of the population would be sinners. Word of advice, before you post such stupid remarks, educate yourself about facts rather than your own preconceived ideas. Perhaps, if everyone worried about their health, through self protection on BOTH parties, the virus, in time, erradicate itself. But that will never happen

    November 28, 2012 at 10:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lord Toronaga

      Your comments have little to do with what I said.

      November 28, 2012 at 11:39 | Report abuse |
  49. ser

    people who think "the gift" argument is make believe...just google "bugchasing party" you will see

    November 28, 2012 at 12:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. T.rex

    If they are "new" cases, i'd think 100% of them wouldn't know know they are infected... Isn't that the whole point of getting the test? to find out?

    November 28, 2012 at 17:42 | Report abuse | Reply
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