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Increased antiretroviral therapy prescription and HIV viral suppression among persons receiving clinical care for HIV infection.

Increased antiretroviral therapy prescription and HIV viral suppression among persons receiving clinical care for HIV infection.
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Bradley H, Mattson CL, Beer L, Huang P, Shouse RL, ,


Bradley H, Mattson CL, Beer L, Huang P, Shouse RL, , (click to view)

Bradley H, Mattson CL, Beer L, Huang P, Shouse RL, ,

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AIDS (London, England) 30(13) 2117-24 doi 10.1097/QAD.0000000000001164

Abstract
OBJECTIVE
To assess trends during 2009-2013 in antiretroviral therapy (ART) prescription and viral suppression among adults receiving HIV clinical care in the United States.

DESIGN
We used data from the Medical Monitoring Project, a surveillance system producing national estimates of characteristics of HIV-infected adults receiving clinical care in the United States.

METHODS
We estimated weighted proportions of persons receiving HIV medical care who were prescribed ART and achieved HIV viral suppression (<200 copies/ml) at both last test and at all tests in the previous 12 months during 2009-2013. We assessed trends overall and by gender, age, race/ethnicity, and sexual behavior/orientation. RESULTS
ART prescription and viral suppression increased significantly during 2009-2013, overall and in subgroups. ART prescription increased from 89 to 94% (P for trend <0.01). Viral suppression at last measurement increased from 72 to 80% (P for trend <0.01). The largest increases were among 18-29 year olds (56-68%), 30-39 year olds (62-75%), and non-Hispanic blacks (64-76%). Sustained viral suppression increased from 58 to 68% (P for trend <0.01). The largest increases were among 18-29 year olds (32-51%), 30-39 year olds (47-63%), and non-Hispanic blacks (49-61%). CONCLUSION
Adults receiving HIV medical care are increasingly likely to be prescribed ART and achieve viral suppression. Recent efforts to promote early antiretroviral therapy use may have contributed to these increases, bringing us closer to realizing key goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

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