2021 HIV Vital Signs
November 30, 2021 – New CDC Vital Signs report reveals a decade of continuing HIV inequities
Despite overall progress in reducing new infections among gay and bisexual men, the HIV epidemic continued and was more severe among Black or African American (hereafter referred to as Black) and Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men in the decade leading up to the federal Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. initiative (EHE), which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched in 2019. Data suggest that unequal reach of HIV prevention and treatment and higher levels of stigma fuel these troubling trends. With EHE and effective prevention and treatment tools at our disposal, the nation has a decades-in-the-making opportunity to end the epidemic and erase glaring disparities in HIV prevention and care.
The bar graph shows that in 2017, 27% of Black and 31% of Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men were using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV, compared with 42% of White gay and bisexual men.