More than one million U.S. citizens have HIV and another 165,000 citizens do not now that they have HIV.
The Centers for Diease Control and Prevention has a 10-year goal in place to reduce new infections by 90-percent.
CDC officials say progession in current HIV prevention has stalled for a number of reasons.
“Some of that is because there are still people who don’t know they have HIV,” said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director for National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention at CDC. “There are people who have HIV that aren’t accessing the treatment necessary and some of the people who are eligible for PREP, this pill that prevents you from getting HIV, aren’t getting it.”
Government health officials say ending the epidemic is possible but only if these services are available to the people who need them.
There are about 39 thousand new HIV infections every year in the U.S.