CDC Says HIV Is Being Diagnosed Earlier Than Ever
According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the time between infection with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and diagnosis seems to be shortening. Data from 2015 showed that people were diagnosed three years after infection, on average, compared to 2011, when it took an average of three years and seven months. While this considerable decrease is encouraging, many people still have HIV for years before they know it.
The CDC Vital Signs report indicates the U.S. approach to HIV prevention is working. In 2014, 85 percent of the estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV knew their HIV status. An estimated 40 percent of new infections originate in people who don’t know their HIV status.
Earlier HIV diagnosis can reduce the risk of transmission and improve outcomes for people living with HIV. Starting treatment as soon as possible and getting the virus under control quickly can allow people with HIV to live longer, healthier lives.