CDC Press Release
July 27, 2017
A core focus of CDC’s high-impact HIV prevention strategy is to help ensure everyone living with HIV is aware of their infection; receives treatment; and ultimately achieves viral suppression — because people who achieve and maintain viral suppression live longer, healthier lives and are at extremely low risk for transmitting HIV to others. For a person to achieve viral suppression, several steps must be completed, including testing/diagnosis, receipt of HIV care, and retention in HIV care. The HIV Care Continuum shows how the nation is doing at each step, from diagnosis through viral suppression.
In July 2017, CDC published a comprehensive analysis of the U.S. HIV care continuum showing that, in 2014, of the estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States, 85% knew they were infected, and about half (49%) were virally suppressed. The analysis also details differences in HIV diagnosis, care and treatment by age, race / ethnicity, transmission route, and sex. It shows that although the United States has reached some important milestones, sustained, focused efforts are needed so that everyone living with HIV is aware of their infection and can effectively control the virus through treatment.
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