Many young people have H-I-V but don't know it. That's according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control which contains surprising numbers.
It found that 25% of new HIV infections in the U.S. are people between the ages of 13 and 24. Most don't know they're sick.
The Drop-In Center in Roanoke says the valley shows similar results.
In the last year they've had 20 new cases. The youngest person is 18. Most are bisexual/ gay men.
"Getting an H-I-V test for some reason is just very taboo," says Director Pam Meador, "You know it's just a very taboo thing to do. Married people don't get tested. Parents don't get their kids tested."
The Drop-In Center offers free HIV testing which is done two ways.
There are oral tests where cells are scraped from your cheek and tested. People can also get their finger pricked and undergo a blood test.
Both take about 20 minutes and you will get results that day.
For more information you can call the Drop-In Center at 540-982-2437.
This Saturday, December 1, is World AIDS Day.