The National HIV/AIDS Strategy, released in July of 2010, has established clear goals to reduce HIV infections nationwide.1 With this strategy came the following performance measures to reach by 2015:
Reducing New HIV Infections by 2015:2
- Lower the annual number of new infections by 25% (from 56,300 to 42,225).
- Reduce the HIV transmission rate by 30% (from 5 persons infected per 100 people with HIV to 3.5 persons infected per 100 people with HIV).
- Increase the percentage of people living with HIV who know their serostatus from 79% to 90% (from 948,000 to 1,080,000 people).
Increasing Access to Care for People Living with HIV by 2015:3
- Increase the proportion of newly diagnosed patients linked to clinical care within three months of their HIV diagnosis from 65% to 85% (from 26,824 to 35,078 people).
- Increase the proportion of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program clients who are in continuous care (at least 2 visits for routine HIV medical care in 12 months at least 3 months apart) from 73% to 80% (from 237,924 to 260,739 people in continuous care).
Additionally, the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy is implementing the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan to increase awareness of and response to viral hepatitis. In the United States, about 25% of people living with HIV also have hepatitis C (HCV)—and HCV rates are even higher among people with HIV who inject drugs.
Given the nationwide emphasis on using performance to improve HIV/AIDS in the United States, CAI has developed data dashboards for a select number of states. The data shown in the dashboard provides a snapshot of a state’s HIV services and how these services compare to national rates. These dashboards provide visual and statistical examples of states with both high and low HIV burden across the East, West and Central regions of the United States.
Health Care organizations are encouraged to use these dashboards to help evaluate their own health care organization’s HIV response efforts to improve performance in reaching the national targets. If your organization needs assistance meeting any of these national performance measures or if you need help establishing your own data dashboard to monitor your organization’s performance measures please contact CAI to request free Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) services.
Please click here to access the dashboards.
1. Fact sheet: Progress in Four Years of the National HIB/AIDS strategy Fact. (n.d) Retrieved March 25,2015
2. National HIV/AIDS strategy: Overview. (n.d.). Retrieved March 25, 2015
3. National HIV/AIDS strategy: Overview. (n.d.). Retrieved March 25, 2015