One in five gay men has HIV, CDC says

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One in five gay men in the United States has HIV, and almost half of those who carry the virus are unaware that they are infected, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.

The study tested more than 8,000 men in 21 cities in 2008, making it the most comprehensive such research by the CDC. It found that young, sexually active gay men and those in minority groups are least likely to know their health status, even as infection rates are climbing among men who have sex with men, while the rates of other at-risk groups – heterosexuals and intravenous drug users – are falling.

The findings were released Thursday, ahead of National Gay Men’s HIV Awareness Day on Monday.

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