Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 06/04/06 According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, most new HIV infections in the country are transmitted by those who have no idea they are infected, don’t want to find out, still do not understand the risks or are aware of being HIV-positive but have unprotected sex. As a result, HIV infections are on the rise at an alarming rate, and creeping further into the heterosexual portion of society. The centers estimate that at least 40,000 Americans become infected with HIV each year. With new reporting methodology coming on line, the agency says that number could increase by as much as 50 percent as a result. Eric Avery, a psychiatrist with the University of Texas Medical Branch who has dealt with hundreds of HIV/AIDS patients during the past 16 years, notes that the agency has changed its educational approach to target those already infected with HIV.