About the Epidemic
In 2016, 62% of people living with HIV in the U.S. are virally suppressed. However, viral suppression rates jump to 86% among people living with HIV enrolled in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. In order to maximize the health benefits of antiretroviral therapy and eliminate the risk of HIV transmission, people diagnosed with HIV who are on HIV therapy must sustain viral suppression. However, African Americans across demographic categories were less likely to achieve sustained viral suppression compared to all other ethnic/ racial groups.
In 2010, the United States released a National HIV/AIDS Strategy that established goals for reducing HIV incidence, increasing care access for people living with HIV, reducing HIV disparities and increasing coordination among federal agencies. Building upon the precepts of the NHAS, in 2019 the Department of Health and Human Services launched a plan to end the HIV epidemic (EHE) in the United States by 2030. The goal of EHE is to reduce HIV incidence by 75% in five years and 90% in 10 years by scaling up proven interventions to prevent new HIV infections. Nearly $300 million dollars has been requested to fund the first year of the initiative.
The goal of this database is to provide context to the 57 jurisdictions that are part of the EHE and to provide supplemental information to help evaluate the initiative’s progress.