The World Health Organization warned that nearly half of all people with HIV around the globe do not know they are infected, and called for broader access to at-home testing kits.
The UN health agency said that 40 percent of people with the virus that causes AIDS, or more than 14 million people worldwide, are unaware of their status, according to 2015 estimates.
However, that marks a huge improvement from a decade earlier when only 12 percent of people with HIV were estimated to know they had the virus.
But the continued lack of diagnoses remains a major obstacle to implementing WHO’s recommendation for everyone with HIV to be offered anti-retroviral therapy (ART). Today, more than 80 percent of those diagnosed with HIV are receiving ART, but that is still less than half of the 36.7 million people believed to be living with the virus.
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Almost half of HIV infections worldwide undetected: WHO