Nov 27, 2012 12:29 PM by NBC News

1 in 4 new HIV infections occurs in youth

More than a quarter of new HIV infections each year are in teens and those in their young 20s.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 12,000 new HIV infections occurred in 2010 in people between the ages of 13 and 24.

Infections were most prevalent among young gay and bisexual men and African-Americans.

The report also indicates more than 60% of those young people living with HIV are not aware they're infected.

HIV is the virus that leads to AIDS.

Although many experts now call for routine HIV testing in young adults, an analysis shows just 13% of high school students have been tested.



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