CDC Vital Signs: HIV Testing and Diagnosis Delays
November 28, 2017 – Frequency of HIV Testing and Time from Infection to Diagnosis Improve
A new CDC Vital Signs report published today finds that HIV is being diagnosed sooner after infection than was previously reported. The analysis includes the latest data on HIV testing frequency among Americans at increased risk of infection and on how long people are living with HIV before they find out they have it.
According to the report, the estimated median time from HIV infection to diagnosis was three years in 2015. CDC previously estimated that, in 2011, the median time from HIV infection to diagnosis was three years and seven months. The Vital Signs analysis also found that the percentages of people at increased risk for HIV who reported getting an HIV test the previous year has increased. Despite that progress, too few are tested.
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In 2015, nearly 40,000 people in the U.S. received an HIV diagnosis. While the median time from HIV infection to diagnosis has declined, half of Americans with HIV diagnosed in 2015 had been living with HIV for at least 3 years, and a quarter had been infected for seven or more years.