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Cross-posted from NCHHSTP Newsroom, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
December 3, 2019 – New analysis shows how far proposed federal efforts must go to end U.S. HIV epidemic
Far too many Americans with HIV are unaware that they have it. Far too few have the virus under control through effective treatment. And far too few Americans are taking the daily pill that prevents HIV.
The findings – showing that progress in reducing new HIV infections in the United States has stalled in recent years – come in a new CDC Vital Signs report published today.
The report shows that increasing HIV testing, treatment, and prevention is critical to stopping HIV transmission in the United States. In addition, health disparities must be addressed to achieve the goals of Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, a proposed federal initiative to reduce new HIV infections by 90% by 2030.
Robert R. Redfield, M.D., CDC Director
“The time is now to end HIV in America. We have the right tools, the right data and the right leadership to get this done,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. “Those living with HIV are our best teachers. They are key to helping us reach people where they are so that we can better diagnose and link patients to care.”
HIV Testing and Treatment in 2017:
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in 2018:
New HIV Infections:
If it is funded, the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative will substantially increase resources, technology, and expertise where they’re needed most.
Jonathan Mermin, M.D., M.P.H., Director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
“The number of people who acquire HIV each year is unacceptably high,” said Jonathan Mermin, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, and STD Prevention. “Ending this epidemic would be one of the greatest public health triumphs in our nation’s history.”
To achieve maximum impact, the initiative will focus first on 50 local areas that account for over half of new HIV diagnoses (48 counties; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Washington, D.C.), and seven states with a substantial rural burden. If additional resources become available, the initiative will eventually expand nationwide. The initiative will scale up four science-based strategies that can end the epidemic:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its agencies are taking action now to ensure the initiative can hit the ground running if it is funded in 2020. HHS has already provided funding to enable three communities (Baltimore City, Md.; DeKalb County, Ga.; and East Baton Rouge Parish, La.) to jumpstart key parts of the initiative, and to share lessons learned with other communities.
HHS has also funded local efforts to develop Ending the HIV Epidemic plans in all priority geographic areas. The plans are based on input from the community, HIV planning bodies, healthcare providers and others.
To read the entire Vital Signs report, visit: www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns.
For more information about Ending the HIV Epidemic, visit: www.hiv.gov.
About Vital Signs
Vital Signs is a report that appears as part of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Vital Signs provides the latest data and information on key health threats. Some topics include cancer, HIV/AIDS, prescription drug overdoses, antibiotic resistance, suicides, asthma, and global health.