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AIDS 2012 Daily Digest: Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention Science

July 27, 2012

This digest summarizes the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention science presented on Friday, July 27.

Continuum of HIV Care: Differences in Care and Treatment by Sex and Race/Ethnicity in the United States

Lead Author: Irene Hall

Findings: Overall, only 25 percent of Americans with HIV have their virus under control. African-Americans are least likely to be in ongoing care and to have their virus under control. Thirty-four percent of African-Americans were in ongoing care, compared to 37 percent of Latinos and 38 percent of whites. Younger Americans are less likely to be in ongoing care and successfully treated; HIV care and viral suppression generally improved with age. There were no notable differences based on gender. Viral suppression was low across all groups when risk was assessed despite some variations across each stage of care.

Relevance: Most Americans with HIV are not getting HIV treatment needed for their health and to protect the health of their partners. The proportion of HIV-infected individuals in various subgroups who are engaged at each stage of care: testing, linkage to care, remaining in care, prescribed treatment and having a suppressed viral load were examined from CDC surveillance systems data. Researchers believe improvements are needed at each stage of the process, beginning with expanding HIV testing to identify Americans living with HIV who do not know they are infected and to ensure people have access to care, stay in care and remain on treatment.

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