Young Americans with HIV often don't know they have contracted the virus, according to new government data.

The Centers for Disease Control found that six in 10 young people—aged 13 to 24—living with HIV are unaware they are infected. Young people between the ages of 13 and 24 represent more than a quarter of new HIV infections each year.

"That so many young people become infected with HIV each year is a preventable tragedy," says CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden.  "All young people can protect their health, avoid contracting and transmitting the virus, and learn their HIV status."

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