Reaching the National HIV/AIDS Strategy targets for HIV testing and treatment and expanding the use of daily Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) could prevent an estimated 185,000 new HIV infections in the United States by 2020 – a 70% reduction in new infections. CDC presented this HIV prevention modeling study, using a forecasting model to predict the impact of these key prevention strategies, at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston on February 24.
Reaching the nation’s treatment goal of ensuring 80% of all of those diagnosed with HIV achieve viral suppression (that is, keeping their virus under control and at a level that dramatically reduces the risk of transmission) alone would prevent an estimated 168,000 infections over the next five years. Increasing the use of PrEP, a daily anti-HIV pill, among people who are uninfected but at high risk could prevent an additional 17,000 infections over the same time span. Click here to learn more.