D Gregory Smith

5 Shocking Facts About HIV+ Americans

Filed By D Gregory Smith | May 08, 2012 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: CDC, HIV/AIDS, statistics, treatment is prevention, viral load

There are some startling new facts from the CDC's Annual Report from the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP), Accelerating Progress, Investing for Impact. This report provides an overview of some of the HIV prevention activities conducted and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during late 2010 to the end of 2011.

Unsurprisingly perhaps, too few Americans with HIV are getting the testing, treatment, and care they need to stay healthy and prevent transmission to others.

Surprisingly, only 28% of all HIV-infected persons are considered to have HIV under control (viral load less than 200/ml). That means that 72% of all persons with HIV are also at significantly higher risk of passing the virus to their partners.

Percentage of HIV-infected Individuals Engaged in Selected Stages of the Continuum of HIV Care, 2010-11

bigstock-Digital-illustration-of-HIV-in-13924073.jpgOut of all HIV+ Americans:

  • 80% are aware of their infection
  • 62% are linked to HIV care
  • 41% are retained in HIV care
  • 36% receive anti-retroviral therapy
  • 28% have their virus under control*

*Plasma viral load < 200 cells/ml

Again, how do we link HIV positive persons to effective treatment and care? Your ideas, please.

(Source: MMWR 60(47);1618-1623. HIV illustration via Bigstock)

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