CDC Vital Signs: Frequency of HIV Testing, Time from Infection to Diagnosis Improve

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new Vital Signs report today showing that people at risk for HIV are getting tested more frequently than in the past, and the amount of time Americans are living with HIV before finding out about their infection has gotten shorter.

Key Findings

  • Median time from HIV infection to diagnosis in the United States declined by seven months from 2011 to 2015.
  • Time from HIV infection to diagnosis varied by risk group and by race/ethnicity, with heterosexual males and people of color living longer with undiagnosed HIV than others.
  • A growing proportion of gay and bisexual men, people who inject drugs, and heterosexuals at increased risk for HIV report getting a recent HIV test.

For more information, please see CDC’s press release. Additional media resources including graphics can be found on the NCHHSTP online newsroom.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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