This post is reproduced from CDC’s e-HAP newsletter. For more updates from CDC, HIV/AIDS visit HIV.gov.
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published four new HIV Surveillance Data Tables. To better equip HIV prevention partners with tools to help identify and address gaps in HIV prevention and facilitate resource allocation in a more timely manner, CDC has transitioned from publishing these data in supplemental reports to the new table format.
The data included in the following HIV Surveillance Data Tables are an expansion of the data released in the 2018 HIV Surveillance Report (Updated), which was released in May 2020. These data provide important information on key geographic areas and populations. The following data will be updated and published every spring:
The fourth set of data tables released today includes data on core indicators for the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) initiative:
The indicators for the EHE initiative are a streamlined set of the most important measures that, together, signal progress. They measure federal, state, and local contributions to reducing new HIV infections. The data sources for the 6 core EHE indicators include the National HIV Surveillance System (NHSS), which is the primary source for monitoring trends in HIV in the United States. Calculating PrEP coverage requires more information than a single source can provide. For the PrEP indicator, national pharmacy data are used to classify the number of persons having been prescribed PrEP (numerator) while the denominator for PrEP coverage uses 3 different data sources.
National HIV Surveillance System data are considered preliminary until they have reached a 12-month reporting lag. Included in this release of the Data Tables are preliminary 2019 HIV diagnoses and linkage to care data reported to CDC through December 2019. As there is no reporting lag, these data should be interpreted with caution. The estimated number of persons with indications for PrEP and PrEP coverage have been updated for 2018. Moving forward, data on HIV diagnoses, linkage to HIV medical care, and PrEP coverage will be released on a quarterly basis and are considered preliminary. America’s HIV Epidemic Analysis Dashboard (AHEAD) is also being launched by the Department of Health and Human Services today, and the dashboard will graphically visualize data on the 6 EHE HIV indicators for the 57 jurisdictions prioritized in the federal initiative.
HIV prevention partners can use these Data Tables, along with the data published in AtlasPlus, to help focus prevention efforts, allocate resources, monitor trends, and determine gaps and successes in HIV prevention. CDC remains committed to publishing these and other important data in a timely manner so that jurisdictions can use the best possible data to help guide decision-making and advance progress toward ending the HIV epidemic in the United States.
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