CDC Release: As many as 185,000 new HIV infections in the U.S. could be prevented by expanding testing, treatment, PrEP
March 4, 2016
Reaching the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) targets for HIV testing and treatment and expanding the use of daily Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) could prevent an estimated 185,000 new HIV infections in the United States by 2020 – a 70 percent reduction in new infections, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The study, presented today at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston, uses a forecasting model to predict the impact of these key prevention strategies. Based on the reach of each strategy, CDC researchers examined the impact of fully achieving NHAS goals, as well as several alternate levels of success.
Findings from the study highlight the importance of implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which sets ambitious goals to inspire and mobilize the national response to the epidemic. First issued in 2010 with 2015 targets, the Strategy was recently updated through 2020.