What You Need to Know About the 6 EHE Indicators: The AHEAD Dashboard

Content From: Harold J. Phillips, MRP, Senior HIV Advisor and Chief Operating Officer for Ending the HIV Epidemic, Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesPublished: July 16, 20202 min read


We're getting AHEAD of HIV.

When America’s HIV Epidemic Analysis Dashboard (AHEAD) is released in August on HIV.gov, users will be able to track the nation’s collective progress towards reducing the number of new HIV transmissions in the U.S. by at least 90% by 2030. The Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) initiative is a data-driven effort and the AHEAD dashboard will allow stakeholders to use data to implement a more coordinated response across the local, state and federal levels.

AHEAD will display data on the six EHE indicators used by the federal government to track progress towards ending the HIV epidemic in America. By tracking progress, we will be able to monitor movement towards reducing new HIV transmissions by at least 90% by 2030.  

The federal government defines these six indicators as the following:

  • HIV Incidence: Incidence is the estimated number of new HIV infections in a given year.
  • Knowledge of HIV status: Knowledge of status is the estimated percentage of people with HIV who have received an HIV diagnosis.
  • HIV Diagnoses: Diagnoses is the number of people with HIV diagnosed in a given year confirmed by laboratory or clinical evidence.
  • Linkage to HIV medical care: Linkage to HIV medical care is the percentage of people with HIV diagnosed in a given year who have received medical care for their HIV infection within one month of diagnosis.
  • Viral suppression: Viral suppression is the percentage of people living with diagnosed HIV infection in a given year who have an amount of HIV that is less than 200 copies per milliliter of blood.
  • PrEP coverage: PrEP coverage is the estimated percentage of individuals with indications for PrEP classified as having been prescribed PrEP.

At the local level, jurisdictions and states may use other program data to track success and their definitions of these EHE indicators may vary slightly, but the federal government has defined these indicators in order to create a common understanding for use in comparison, analytics, and future planning. Jurisdictions are encouraged to review these definitions and consider alignment of definitions and service systems to help progress toward the targets and goals.

Throughout this month as we prepare for the launch of AHEAD, we will post additional information on our HIV.gov blog. Sign up for blog updates from HIV.gov to learn more.