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Important Facts for Suppressed Viral Load among HIV Positive Adults

Definition

Percent of HIV-positive adults whose viral load is less than or equal to 200 copies per millileter

Numerator

Number of HIV-positive adults who are alive and living in New Jersey in the corresponding data year, excluding those lost to follow-up, whose viral load is less than or equal to 200 copies per millileter

Denominator

Number of HIV-positive adults (age 18 and older) who are alive and living in New Jersey in the corresponding data year, excluding those lost to follow-up

Data Interpretation Issues

Viral suppression is reducing the amount of HIV in the blood and elsewhere in the body to very low levels.[https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/default.html ^1^]

Why Is This Important?

Getting and staying virally suppressed is not only the best thing people living with HIV can do to maintain their health, but also one of the best ways to prevent new infections through sex.[https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/default.html ^1^]

Healthy People Objective: Increase the percentage of persons with diagnosed HIV infection who are virally suppressed

U.S. Target: 80 percent (aged 13 years and older)
State Target: N/A. US and NJ objectives use different age groups.

Other Objectives

'''Revised Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective HIV-4''': Increase the proportion of HIV+ adults in care achieving a suppressed viral load (VL <= 200 copies/ml) to 52.8% for the total population, 63.8% among Whites, 48.4% among Blacks, and 53.9% among Hispanics.

How Are We Doing?

The proportion of HIV positive adults with suppressed viral load is slowly increasing.

Health Program Information

NJDOH HIV Care and Support Services: [http://nj.gov/health/hivstdtb/hiv-aids/]
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Content updated: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:52:42 EST