Diagnose all people with HIV as early as possible

Great strides have been in made in HIV prevention, but about 1 in 7 (14%) of the estimated more than 1 million people with HIV in America still don’t know they have HIVexternal icon.

In 2006, CDC recommended that all people ages 13 to 64 be tested for HIV at least once in healthcare settings. However, uptake of that recommendation has not been optimal.

CDC will work in collaboration with communities and other agencies to increase local capacity to expand HIV testing according to CDC guidelines, so that all people with HIV in the high-burden areas receive a diagnosisexternal icon. Key approaches will include:

  • Using the latest systems and technology to make HIV testing simple, accessible, and truly routine in healthcare and non-healthcare settings.
  • Carrying out focused approaches that encourage more people who are at substantial risk for HIV to get tested for HIV at least annually.
  • Ongoing collaboration to identify and implement innovative technologies and programs, such as self-testing, to make testing more accessible.
  • Working with funded recipients to adapt plans to meet the HIV prevention needs of their communities and address current service challenges and disruptions due to COVID-19. Examples of approaches could include:
    • use or expansion of telemedicine and telehealth
    • rapid HIV self-tests or mail-in self-tests
    • other locally tailored creative solutions

Page last reviewed: April 1, 2021