April 4, 2013
According to the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), only 32 percent of Kentucky adults ages 18 to 64 report that their medical provider has discussed HIV testing with them, despite CDC recommendations for routine HIV screening. The poll indicated that doctors are most likely to talk about HIV testing with "younger, lower-income, and African-American adults." Forty percent of African-American respondents stated that a medical provider had discussed HIV testing with them, compared to 30 percent of white respondents. Only 23 percent of adults ages 46 to 64 reported their medical providers had talked with them about HIV testing. KHIP results also indicated that 40 percent of Kentucky adults have never been tested for HIV.
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati funded the KHIP, which was conducted September 20 through October 4, 2012, by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati. Pollsters interviewed a random sample of 1,680 Kentucky adults via landlines and cellphones.
CDC reports that almost a fifth of HIV-infected people in the United States (18.1 percent) do not know they have HIV; estimates indicate there are approximately 4,500 HIV-infected people in Kentucky.
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