The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a report to indicate that only 30% of people infected with HIV/AIDS take their anti-retro-viral drugs regularly, and this results to only 3 out of 10 infected persons taking their medications according to prescribed instructions.
A large portion of the remaining 70% fail at taking their medications which are noted to keep the HIV virus suppressed, while number of this figure does not even know they are infected already with the virus, putting others at risk through unprotected sexual relationships.
The CDC reports that out of the 1.2 million people diagnosed with HIV in 2011, about 840,000 were found unfaithful at taking their anti-HIV medications, and they run a risk of not been able to suppress the virus at very low levels.
Research shows that when infected people take their prescription HIV anti-retroviral drugs regularly, they not only suppress the HIV virus, they also prolong their own days and live healthy lives, while minimizing the risks of infecting others with the disease.
“There is untapped potential to drive down the epidemic through improved testing and treatment, but we’re missing too many opportunities,” says Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention.
A CDC report shows that about 50,000 Americans get infected with HIV every year, yet youths are the most inconsistent at keeping a check on their virus through regular medications. 13% of youths aged 18-24 achieved viral suppression goals in 2011 in comparison to 23% aged 25-34.