Doctor Briefing Staff
FRIDAY, June 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) — There was a decline in HIV testing and diagnoses during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, according to research published in the June 24 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Death Weekly Report.
Elizabeth A. DiNenno, Ph.D., of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and colleagues, noting that the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted health care delivery, including HIV testing, from 2020 to 2021. the number of HIV tests performed in the United States in the years before (2019) and during (2020) the pandemic.
The researchers found that compared to the HIV diagnoses reported in 2019, there was a 17 percent decrease in the number of HIV diagnoses reported to the CDC in 2020. HIV acquisition, including black gay men, Hispanic gay men, bisexual men, other men who have sex with men, and transgender people.
“To compensate for tests and diagnoses missed during the COVID-19 pandemic and to accelerate the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative in the US, partnerships between federal organizations, state and local health departments, community organizations and health care systems should increase access to HIV testing services, including self-tests,” the authors write.
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