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2019 HIV Prevention Progress Report Released by CDC

Friday, March 15, 2019


CDC has released the 2019 HIV Prevention Progress Report, a data- and graphic-rich document that presents a first-ever combination of national and state indicator data, variably covering 21 key indicators on prevention and care outcomes. 

Nationally, 3 of 5 Diagnosed with HIV are Virally Suppressed

According to the CDC report, nationally the percentage of people with diagnosed HIV who were virally suppressed increased 30%, from 46.0% to 59.8%. These data are in contrast to significantly higher viral suppression rates among Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) clients (from 69.5% to 85.9% over the 2010-2017 time span) given that CDC presents viral suppression data on all persons diagnosed with HIV, not just those who received HIV medical care.

The CDC's report does use RWHAP viral suppression data for transgender women. Linkage to care, retention and viral suppression use CD4 and viral load data from 40 jurisdictions represent 85.9% of persons with diagnosed HIV.

Dig into the report which, in addition to its first-time presentation of state and national indicator data, includes such new data features.

New Data Features:  

  • Use of CD4 data to estimate HIV incidence (new HIV infections)
  • Shortening of the time frame for linkage to care from three months to one month, reflecting the critical importance of getting people into care to start treatment right away 
  • Inclusion of the behavioral measure of PrEP
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