CDC: 185K HIV Infections Prevented by 2020

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new research showing that reaching specific targets of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy could prevent 185,000 new HIV infections in the U.S. by 2020, according to a release sent to JET.

The study credits the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and aggressive treatment of those living with HIV for the projected prevention estimate.

The study estimates that between 2015 and 2020:

  • Reaching the nation’s goal of ensuring 90 percent of people living with HIV are diagnosed, and 80 percent of people diagnosed achieve viral suppression could prevent 168,000 new HIV infections.
  • By also increasing the use of PrEP, a daily anti-HIV pill, among people who are uninfected but at high risk, an additional 17,000 infection could be prevented.
  • If HIV testing and treatment remained the same, expanded use of PrEP among high-risk populations alone could prevent more than 48,000 new infections.

Researchers say the findings highlight the importance of implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the opportunity to rapidly reduce new HIV infections with existing prevention tools.