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Although HIV infection is a highly treatable disease, it is still transmitted at high rates. Of the 1.2 million individuals infected with HIV in this country, it is estimated that 200 000 are unaware of their serostatus. In 2011, only 30% of those who had been diagnosed with HIV were in care with suppressed viremia.1 Therefore, almost 850 000 people in the United States are capable of transmitting HIV to others, contributing to the estimated 50 000 individuals newly infected with HIV each year.2
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