We are pleased to hear that there is good news from several wealthy countries about falling HIV diagnoses:
- Diagnoses are continuing to fall in England, down to their lowest level since the year 2000. They fell by 28% between 2015 and 2018. But 43% of people are still diagnosed at a late stage of infection.
- The annual number of new HIV diagnoses in San Francisco has dipped below 200, falling to its lowest level since the early 1990s. Figures for the quality of medical care are good.
It’s thought that these are the result of combination prevention – more frequent testing, prompt initiation of HIV treatment for those who are diagnosed, most people with HIV having an undetectable viral load, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and continued condom use.
One group of American researchers have tried to estimate how much difference PrEP makes, on top of the rest of the package. They say that cities with the highest rates of PrEP use in at-risk people had nearly 16% fewer diagnoses than the cities with the lowest rates.
Article from the NAM AIDSmap HIV update: to access the article and much more, click here.