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HIV Being Diagnosed Sooner After Infection — CDC

HIV Being Diagnosed Sooner After Infection — CDC

In what health officials call an "encouraging sign", a new government report finds HIV is being diagnosed sooner after infection than it was just a few years ago. HIV is being diagnosed sooner after infection than previously reported, according to a November 28 press release issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the release, there was a seven-month improvement over a four-year period, from a median of three years and seven months in 2011 to three years in 2015. "If this trend persists, we will not be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal target of ending the HIV epidemic by 2030", WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab said, according to a Tuesday press release. "Europe needs to do more in its HIV response", said ECDC director Andrea Ammon.

In a telebriefing on the new report, CDC director Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, stated that "annual HIV infections are down, a higher proportion of people living with HIV have been diagnosed, and there are more people who have the virus under control". So while we celebrate our progress, we pledge to work together to end this epidemic forever.

Although testing rates increased overall, an estimated 15 percent of people living with HIV in 2015 did not know they were infected, and half of people who were unaware of their infection in 2015 lived in the South. The median was three years for gay and bisexual men.

People who inject drugs (from 50 percent in 2009 to 58 percent in 2015).

Current recommendations state that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should get tested for the virus at least once in their lifetime, and individuals who are at increased risk of infection-such as African American men who have sex with men-should get tested annually.

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Europe's HIV epidemic growing: WHO LONDON: The number of people newly diagnosed with HIV in Europe reached its highest level in 2016 since records began, showing the region's epidemic growing "at an alarming pace", health officials said on Tuesday. The preventative drug regimen known as PrEP can also help people significantly reduce the risk of becoming infected.

"The HIV epidemic continues to rise at an alarming pace in the European Region, mostly in its eastern part, which is home to nearly 80 percent of the 160,000 new HIV diagnoses". "The benefits are clear".

Screening for HIV is considered an important first step to preventing further spread of the virus.

Once diagnosed, people can be treated with drugs that suppress HIV down to almost undetectable levels in their blood, he added during the news briefing. Still, the state is disproportionately affected by HIV, Mermin said.

Lack of prompt testing varies based on a person's race or ethnicity and the risk group to which they belong, according to the CDC.


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