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.
CDC works with partners and providers to quickly link people who test positive for HIV to care, so that HIV treatment can begin as soon as possible after diagnosis. CDC also works with partners to expand local treatment programs that identify and follow up with people who have stopped receiving HIV care and treatment. Using Data-to-Care tools and approaches, CDC encourages them to get back in HIV care and treatment.
Resources are available for the HIV prevention workforce to increase their capacity to link, retain, and re-engage people for HIV care and treatment.