Vital Signs: HIV diagnosis, care, and treatment among persons living with HIV--United States, 2011

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014 Nov 28;63(47):1113-7.


In the United States, an estimated 1.2 million persons are living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), a serious infection that, if untreated, leads to illness and premature death. Persons living with HIV who use antiretroviral therapy (ART) and achieve very low levels of the virus (suppressed viral load) can have a nearly normal life expectancy and have very low risk for transmitting HIV to others. However, each year in the United States, nearly 50,000 persons become infected with HIV. Each step along the HIV care continuum (HIV diagnosis, prompt and sustained HIV medical care, and ART) is essential for achieving a suppressed viral load.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Antiretroviral Therapy, Highly Active / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / diagnosis*
  • HIV Infections / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Treatment Outcome
  • United States
  • Viral Load / statistics & numerical data
  • Young Adult