New CDC knowledge printed forward of Nationwide HIV Testing Day (Monday, June 27) present a pointy lower within the variety of CDC-funded HIV assessments administered in well being care and non-health-care settings (43% and 50%, respectively) from 2019 to 2020, the primary 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. These regarding drops have been seen amongst teams disproportionately affected by HIV, highlighting the pressing have to scale up testing and scale back disparities among the many individuals who may most profit from HIV prevention and care.
In non-health-care settings—the place individuals who get examined for HIV present details about race/ethnicity and transmission—reported HIV testing declined:
- 49% amongst homosexual and bisexual males
- 47% amongst transgender individuals
- 46% amongst Hispanic and Latino individuals
- 44% amongst Black individuals
To compensate for HIV testing and diagnoses missed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC encourages partnerships between state and native well being departments, community-based organizations, and well being care programs to extend entry to HIV testing companies, together with methods akin to self-testing and routine opt-out screening in well being care settings.
HIV testing is the bridge to extremely efficient remedy and prevention. Delayed diagnoses can result in unfavourable well being penalties and elevated HIV transmission. CDC recommends that everybody between the ages of 13 and 64 get examined for HIV at the very least as soon as and that some individuals get examined at the very least yearly.
Whereas the complete affect of COVID-19 on HIV just isn’t but recognized, these regarding findings add to latest CDC knowledge that confirmed a steep discount in HIV diagnoses and slowing pre-exposure prophylaxis prescriptions from 2019 to 2020.
To satisfy quickly approaching nationwide objectives to finish the HIV epidemic, the nation should speed up efforts to guard well being and increase entry to confirmed HIV prevention instruments nationwide, together with targeted, progressive native efforts via the federal Ending the HIV Epidemic within the U.S. initiative (EHE). The EHE initiative, which incorporates an emphasis on the function of routine testing, is meant to lower disparities amongst populations most affected by HIV.
To assist communities transfer ahead with EHE, the President has requested $850 million in FY 2023. These assets are crucial. Efforts should be escalated urgently to equip communities with the assets they should get again on monitor and meet nationwide objectives.
Please attribute the next quote to Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH,
Director of CDC’s Nationwide Middle for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
“We welcomed 2020 with optimism. New HIV infections have been declining, and a focus to HIV was growing. However simply as COVID-19 disrupted our lives, it modified the course of HIV prevention. Now we’re at a crossroads. Will we settle for the huge reductions in HIV testing, or will we bounce again stronger?”
Please attribute the next quote to Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH,
Director of CDC’s Division of HIV Prevention
“Everybody ought to get pleasure from good well being—and getting an HIV take a look at is a part of a profitable plan to take action. Some individuals could not get examined for a lot of causes, akin to issues about HIV stigma, homophobia, transphobia, and a bunch of different -isms and phobias. Or they could not know that an HIV take a look at may benefit them. We should proceed working collectively to beat these and different elements that stand in the best way of equitable HIV prevention and care.”
Discover an HIV Check
Nationwide HIV Testing Day is noticed every year on June 27 to encourage individuals to get examined for HIV, know their standing, and get linked to care and remedy. Discover quick, free, and confidential HIV testing at CDC’s Get Examined or by calling 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636). HIV self-tests could also be bought at a pharmacy or on-line or examine to see if the native well being division or one other group is offering a fast self-test for a diminished price or at no cost.
CDC Media Reality Sheet: The State of the HIV Epidemic within the U.S.
CDC’s Function within the Federal “Ending the HIV Epidemic within the U.S.” initiative
CDC Media Reality Sheet: HIV and Black/African American Folks within the U.S.
CDC Media Reality Sheet: HIV and Hispanic and Latino Folks within the U.S.
CDC Nationwide HIV Testing Day Useful resource Library