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*Frequency of HIV Testing and Time from Infection to Diagnosis Improve *
"Many people still have HIV for years before they know it"
A new CDC "Vital Signs "report published today finds that HIV is being diagnosed sooner after infection than was previously reported. According to the report, the estimated median time from HIV infection to diagnosis was three years in 2015. CDC previously estimated that, in 2011, the median time from HIV infection to diagnosis was three years and seven months.
The seven-month improvement is a considerable decrease over a four-year period and reinforces other recent signs that the nations approach to HIV prevention is paying off. Overall, 85 percent of the estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV in 2014 knew their HIV status. CDC estimates about 40 percent of new HIV infections originate from people who dont know they have HIV.
These findings are more encouraging signs that the tide continues to turn on our nations HIV epidemic, said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. HIV is being diagnosed more quickly, the number of people who have the virus under control is up https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/2017/2017-HIV-Continuum-Press-Release.html, and annual infections are down https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/factsheets/hiv-incidence-fact-sheet_508.pdf. So while we celebrate our progress, we pledge to work together to end this epidemic forever.
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