Men living with diagnosed HIV who have sex with men: progress along the continuum of HIV care--United States, 2010

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014 Sep 26;63(38):829-33.


Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) represent approximately 2% of the United States population, yet are the risk group most affected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In 2010, among persons newly infected with HIV, 63% were MSM; among persons living with HIV, 52% were MSM. The three goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy are to reduce new HIV infections, to increase access to care and improve health outcomes for persons living with HIV, and to reduce HIV-related health disparities. In July 2013, the HIV Care Continuum Initiative was established by executive order to mobilize and accelerate federal efforts to increase HIV testing, services, and treatment along the continuum. To meet the 2015 targets of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, 85% of MSM diagnosed with HIV should be linked to care, 80% should be retained in care, and the proportion with an undetectable viral load (VL) should be increased by 20%. To assess progress toward meeting these targets, CDC assessed the level at each step of the continuum of care for MSM by age and race/ethnicity. CDC analyzed data from the National HIV Surveillance System (NHSS) and the Medical Monitoring Project (MMP) for MSM with diagnosed HIV infection. The results indicated that 77.5% were linked to care, 50.9% were retained in care, 49.5% were prescribed antiretroviral therapy (ART), and 42.0% had achieved viral suppression. Younger MSM and black/African American MSM had lower levels of care compared with older MSM and those of all other races/ethnicities. Interventions aimed at MSM are needed that increase linkage to care, retention in care, and ART use, particularly among MSM aged <25 years and black/African American MSM.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Continuity of Patient Care
  • Ethnicity / psychology
  • Ethnicity / statistics & numerical data
  • HIV Infections / diagnosis*
  • HIV Infections / ethnology
  • HIV Infections / therapy*
  • Healthcare Disparities / ethnology
  • Homosexuality, Male / ethnology
  • Homosexuality, Male / psychology*
  • Homosexuality, Male / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Racial Groups / psychology
  • Racial Groups / statistics & numerical data
  • United States
  • Young Adult