CDC reports 18% drop in US HIV diagnoses between 2008 and 2014
The number of annual new HIV infections in the US has fallen by 18% overall since 2008, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC says it’s evidence that HIV education and treatment is working, although the figures are not so encouraging for the gay male community.
Annual new infections remained stable among gay and bisexual men, at about 26,000 per year. Men who have sex with men were the only group that did not see an overall decline in yearly HIV incidence from 2008 to 2014.
The number of new diagnoses included a 36% decline among heterosexual people (from 13,400 to 8600) and a dramatic 56% drop among people who inject drugs (from 3900 to 1700).
CDC researchers suggest that the declines in new HIV infections, where they occurred, were largely due to efforts to increase the number of HIV-positive people who have been tested, are taking effective antiretroviral treatment, and have an undetectable viral load.
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is likely to have played a lesser role, as the data comes from 2008 to 2014, and Truvada for PrEP was only approved in the US in 2012 and widely used in the second half of 2013.