Treat people with HIV rapidly and effectively to reach sustained viral suppression
Current HIV treatment guidelines recommend all people with HIV begin treatment as soon as possible after receiving a diagnosis. Local community plans will be pivotal to expanding HIV treatment and care services to all people with HIV, especially to populations disproportionately affected by HIV.
People who have HIV and who take medication daily as prescribed and maintain an undetectable viral load can live long, healthy lives and have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner. About 80% of HIV infections that occur each year are transmitted by people who are not receiving HIV care. As part of its role in Ending the HIV Epidemic, CDC will:
- Collaborate with partners and providers, so that people who receive a positive test result for HIV are quickly linked to care, and HIV treatment started as soon as possible after diagnosis. Healthcare provider training and education resources on HIV care and treatment from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will be available in the identified communities where CDC will be expanding HIV testing. In addition, HRSA-supported community health centers and Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program centers in these communities are being funded to provide healthcare and support services for people with newly diagnosed HIV.
- Help partners expand local programs that identify and follow up with people who have stopped receiving HIV care and treatment. Data-to-Care tools and approaches will encourage them to get back in HIV care and treatment.