660_HIVETH Health and WellnessJust 30 percent of Americans living with HIV have the virus in check, putting others at risk of infection, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday. The report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 840,000 of the 1.2 million people infected with HIV in 2011 were not consistently taking anti-HIV drugs that keep the virus suppressed at very low levels. Of that number, 66 percent had been diagnosed with HIV but were not getting regular care; 20 percent did not know they were infected, and 10 percent were prescribed anti-HIV medicine known as antiretroviral treatment but were still not able to get the virus under control, and 4 percent of patients were under physician care but were not prescribed antiretroviral medicines. Studies have shown that viral suppression can extend the lives of people infected with the virus and can cut the risk of transmitting the infection to others by as much as 96 percent. More