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Published June 27, 2012, 05:54 AM

At-risk North Dakotans Urged to Get HIV Testing

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials are urging people at risk for HIV and AIDS to get tested, in observance of National HIV Testing Day on Wednesday.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials are urging people at risk for HIV and AIDS to get tested, in observance of National HIV Testing Day on Wednesday.

The state Health Department says that as of the end of last year there had been 541 cases of HIV/AIDS reported in North Dakota since surveillance began in 1984. The actual number of cases is likely higher — about one-fourth of the people estimated to be HIV positive are believed to be unaware of their infection.

Health officials say those people aren't receiving medical care that could prolong their lives, and they could unknowingly be transmitting HIV to others.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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