CDC Finds Progress in Declining in HIV Infections Has Stalled

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report finding that the once-significant decline in annual HIV infections has stopped and new infections have stabilized in recent years. The report includes the most recent data on HIV trends in the United States from 2010 to 2016. After approximately five years of substantial declines, the number of HIV infections began to level off at about 39,000 infections per year beginning in 2013.

According to the CDC, annual HIV infections have declined in some populations, but increased in other populations. Among gay and bisexual men, HIV rates remained stable during the study period. Rates decreased by 17 percent among heterosexual men and women and decreased by 30 percent among people who inject drugs, though rates have begun to stabilize. The CDC estimates that the decline in HIV infections have plateaued because effective HIV prevention and treatment are not adequately reaching target populations. The CDC points to significant gaps in rural areas and among disproportionately impacted populations such as African-Americans and Latinos.

The full CDC report is available here.