About 4 in 10 women and 5 in 10 men have never been tested for HIV aside from donating blood, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC report, released Jan. 25, said the most common reason both men and women cited was that they were unlikely to have been exposed to HIV. Additionally, many participants said they had never been offered an HIV test.
Dr. Arlene Seña-Soberano, an infectious disease physician at UNC and medical director at the Durham County Department of Public Health, said the statistics surprised her because of the work she has done to promote HIV testing locally and ensure it is part of routine health care.
“We have to understand the statistics in this survey in the context of the sample,” she said. “There’s potentially regional differences.”
The data in the report was collected through in-person interviews from September 2011 to September 2015 with nationally representative samples. Over 9,000 men and 11,000 women aged 15 to 44 were sampled.