Published: Thu, November 30, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

HIV Being Diagnosed Sooner After Infection — CDC

HIV Being Diagnosed Sooner After Infection — CDC

A little over 50 percent of those who do not know they are infected live in southern states, according to CDC.

The seven-month improvement is a considerable decrease and suggests that the nation's approach to HIV prevention efforts is paying off, officials say. According to the CDC report, the time from infection to diagnosis was only 3 years in 2015, while previous estimates projected that time from infection to diagnosis was 3 years and 7 months in 2011. HIV is being diagnosed more quickly, the number of people who have the virus under control is up, and annual infections are down

"This is an epidemic we can stop so let's pledge to work together and end it forever", she said. The CDC said that getting tested for HIV is the first crucial step for HIV-positive individuals to start therapy and keep the infection under control.

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"An HIV test opens doors to care, treatment, and prevention", said Dr. Fitzgerald, while Jonathan, Mermin, MD, MPH, the director of CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention added, "Testing for HIV is central to addressing [the epidemic] in the United States". "The benefits are clear".

Meanwhile earlier this year, the company launched an global survey called Positive Perspectives, to better understand the emerging needs and challenges of those living with HIV and their partners/significant others.

Since the human virus emerged 30 years ago, HIV has become one of the world's most infectious killers, infecting 76.1 million people and accounting for the death of 35 million people due to AIDS-related illnesses.

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According to the CDC, an estimated 40% of new HIV infections originate from people who are unaware that they have HIV.

Assessing data from multiple cities, they found that 29 percent of gay and bisexual men, 42 percent of people who inject drugs, and 59 percent of heterosexuals at increased risk for HIV did not get an HIV test. The study also found that two-thirds of individuals at high risk who were not tested for HIV in the past year saw a health care provider during that time-indicating a missed opportunity for providers to initiate testing. The CDC also discovered that time from infection to diagnosis varied by group and race/ethnicity. For homosexual and bisexual men, the time from infection to diagnosis was 3 years.

A quarter of people diagnosed with HIV in 2015 lived with HIV for seven or more years without knowing it. "Ideally, HIV is diagnosed within months of infection, rather than years later", said Eugene McCray, MD, director of CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.

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Although testing and diagnosis has increased, diagnosis delays continue to be substantial in certain populations.

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