The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released the 2019 Iowa End-of-Year HIV Surveillance Report. The report shows a 30% reduction in HIV diagnoses over the last three years – this is the first sustained reduction in HIV diagnoses since HIV reporting began in 1998.
The populations most impacted by HIV also saw the largest decreases in diagnoses over the last three years. This includes males (32% reduction), white Iowans (35% reduction), black/African-American Iowans (33% reduction) and men who have sex with men (43% reduction).
“This report and the three-year trend demonstrate the value of early testing, access to good health care, and strong support to help people living with HIV make the most of that health care,” said Randy Mayer, chief of the Bureau of HIV, STD and Hepatitis at IDPH. “Clearly, our most impactful services include comprehensive health care that includes testing, client-centered case management, transportation assistance and housing.”
The 2019 report also shows over 80% of Iowans diagnosed and living with HIV had undetectable amounts of virus in their blood (viral suppression). Studies show that people cannot transmit HIV sexually when they are virally suppressed; this high rate of suppression is likely reducing HIV transmission in Iowa.
To see the 2019 End-of-Year Surveillance Report, click here and for more information about how IDPH coordinates statewide HIV prevention and care services for Iowans, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/hivstdhep/hiv.