Despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) quest to push routine HIV testing in the United States, its new report states that only 40 percent of Americans received HIV tests in 2006.

Last week at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, the CDC announced that far more Americans are being newly infected with the virus every year than previously estimated—56,000 a year instead of 40,000. African Americans made up 45 percent of the 56,000.

“The data in this report suggest that progress in HIV testing stalled in the mid- to late-1990s and new strategies such as expanded screening in health-care settings appear to be warranted,” says the CDC.

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