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Weaknesses in the HIV Care Continuum

Eugene McCray, MD, Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention talks about the recent release of the HIV care continuum, and where the weaknesses of our treatment system lie. There are currently 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States, though only 40 percent of people living with the virus are receiving proper medical care. In addition, just 30 percent of individuals with HIV are virally suppressed. In young people between the ages of 18 and 24, nearly half living with HIV are not diagnosed, with 13 percent achieving viral suppression. Viral suppression is a key goal for health care providers, and can reduce further transmission by 96 percent.

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