Can We End the AIDS Epidemic in America by 2025?

Infection rates could be as low as 12,000 people per year by 2025, researchers report.
Infection rates could be as low as 12,000 people per year by 2025, researchers report.

HealthDay News -- According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, if certain targets are met, the rate of new HIV infections may be down to 12,000 a year by 2025 -- which would mark a transition toward the end of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

"Achieving these targets will require a sustained and intensified national commitment to ending the epidemic," study author Robert Bonacci, MD, MPH, from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said in a hospital news release. 

"But if the US does achieve a reduction to 12,000 new HIV infections by 2025, it could mark an important turning point in the US HIV epidemic: a decline in the total number of people living with HIV in the US, and the beginning of the end of the US AIDS epidemic."

The goals for 2020 include: 90% of people living with HIV knowing their status; 90% receiving quality care; and 90% of HIV patients on antiretroviral therapy achieving suppression of the virus. Rates of 95% would have to be achieved by 2025, the researchers said.

"Providing HIV services to our most disproportionately affected communities is fundamental to future success," senior author David Holtgrave, PhD, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, said in the news release. 

"In an era of limited funding and competing priorities, it is critically important that we intensify our national commitment to addressing the HIV epidemic over the next decade."

Reference

Bonacci RA and Holtgrave DR. "US HIV Incidence And Transmission Goals, 2020 And 2025." American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2017. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.03.012 [Epub ahead of print]

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