Treatment for protecting the health of those with HIV

9 in 10 New HIV Infections Come from People Not Receiving HIV Care. Besides being more likely to transmit the disease, people living with HIV who are not receiving care also have starkly higher rates of AIDS diagnosis and mortality.

The new data highlight further disparities in rates of HIV diagnosis and access to HIV care among minorities, with African Americans experiencing the highest rates of HIV diagnoses. New diagnoses were also concentrated in young adults (ages 25-29) and among people living in the South.

The data show clear progress in health outcomes among people living with HIV who are in care and accessing anti-retroviral medication (ARVs), reflecting persistent disparities between those who are receiving HIV care and those who are not. As data continue to underscore the importance of early HIV diagnosis and access to care, AIDS United staunchly advocates reponsive policies and funding for successful programs that help to educate all people about HIV prevention and treatment.

AIDS United is tackling this important issue head-on with the Access to Care (A2C) initiative, a public-private partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF) and 14 private funders. A2C supports innovative, evidence-based, collaborative programs to connect thousands of low-income and marginalized individuals living with HIV to supportive services and health care. AIDS United’s support includes cash grants, technical assistance, evaluation and networking opportunities that help to maximize the impact of each A2C program.