How common is HIV?
An estimated 1.1 million people in the United States have HIV, including about 162,500 people who are unaware of their status. Nearly 40% of new HIV infections are transmitted by people who do not know they have the virus. For people with undiagnosed HIV, testing is the first step in maintaining a healthy life and reducing the spread of HIV.
Every person 13-64 years of age should get tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime. Some people would benefit from more frequent testing, depending on their risk. Find out more about HIV, free testing, and other ways to reduce your risks below.
Montana can celebrate that 92% of the 700 persons living with HIV, and known to be in treatment in Montana, have undetectable viral loads, which improves and protects their health as well as their partners. The percent of people with HIV, who have progressed to AIDS at the time of their diagnosis, continues to decrease, and is now below 25%. Learn more about our Ryan White program for HIV clients.
Has there been an increase in STDs?
Gonorrhea has increased 27% in 2019, bringing the projected 2019 case count to a new 30 year high. More than 1,100 cases of gonorrhea have already been reported this year. Syphilis has increased significantly in the last three years and chlamydia has steadily increased in Montana for the past ten years. These three STDs can lead to serious complications, especially if left untreated. Find out where to get tested here and read more on our STD pages.
Concerned you might have a STD, HIV or Hepatitis C?
Find a testing site near you.
Did you know?
- Most HIV test results are available in 20 minutes.
- You may not have to give your name. Ask your provider if anonymous HIV testing is available.
Are you concerned you have been exposed? Are you newly diagnosed?
Visit one of our pages below.
Facts About HIV, the Virus That Causes AIDS
I'm HIV+, Now What?
Learn More About STDs
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