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 all people ages 13 to 64 be tested for HIV at least once in healthcare settings. Uptake of that recommendation, however, has not been optimal.

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

  • Using the latest systems and technology to make HIV testing simple, accessible, and routine in all settings.
  • Using focused approaches to encourage more people at substantial risk for HIV to get tested at least annually for HIV.
  • Collaborating with partners to identify and implement innovative technologies and programs, such as self-testing, to improve testing access.
  • Working with funded recipients to adapt procedures to the challenges of COVID-19, meeting the HIV prevention needs of communities and addressing service challenges and disruptions. Examples include:
    • The expanded use of telemedicine and telehealth
    • Rapid HIV or mail-in self-testing kits
    • Creative and customized solutions for communities

Page last reviewed: May 10, 2021