First Numbers Show Success in End AIDS 2020 Campaign
Earlier this year the AIDS Institute updated its statistics on HIV/AIDS – measuring progress in New York’s campaign to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2020. There is significant good news to report today. For the first time in a decade, the number of new HIV infections diagnosed in MSM – men who have sex with men – has decreased significantly in New York State. The state saw a decrease of 10% in the number of new HIV infections in MSM from 2014 to 2015.
New York’s progress is remarkable in that gay and bisexual men, have the highest HIV infection rate of any group. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the national picture is this:
Men who have sex with men are more severely affected by HIV than any other group in the United States.
From 2005 to 2014, HIV diagnoses decreased in the United States by 19% overall, but increased 6% among all men who have sex with men, driven by increases among African American and Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men.
Over the past 5 years (2010-2014), the increase in HIV diagnoses among all gay and bisexual men nationwide was less than 1%, although progress has been uneven among races/ethnicities.
New York saw a decrease of 10% in the number of new HIV infections in MSM from 2014 to 2015.
In 2014, nearly two-thousand men – 1,975 – were newly diagnosed with HIV in New York.
In 2015, new HIV infections were found in MSM came in at 1,775.
This decrease is of particular note because of stepped up efforts to test for HIV in priority populations, with MSM in communities of color being a top priority, and more people now aware of their status.
ACR Health has greatly expanded HIV testing which is a priority for ending AIDS. Testing is up 545% in 2017 compared to 2012.
In 2012, ACR Health offered five programs that provided HIV testing; 151 tests were completed that year.
In 2017, we have eight programs that provide HIV testing; 974 HIV tests were completed between 1/1/16-5/4/17.
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