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One-fifth of US youth with HIV unaware during first-time sex

Published on Nov 10, 2012 8:49 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Twenty percent of young people born with HIV in the United States do not know they are infected when they have sex for the first time, according to a new study released on Friday.

The study, which appeared in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal, also found that most of the juveniles who were aware of their status said they did not tell their partners before becoming intimate.

In addition, a majority of these sexually active HIV-positive youth reported some sex without condom use.

"Our findings show that these young people act very much like their HIV-negative counterparts across the country," said Mr Rohan Hazra of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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