Communication between pediatricians and adolescent boys who engage in same-sex sexual intercourse may be a potential avenue to increase HIV testing in this population, according to a study published in Pediatrics.
Although it is estimated that 14.5% of HIV infections are undiagnosed in the United States, this estimation is 51.4% (>3.5-times higher) in individuals aged 13 to 24 years because of poor testing rates among those who are aged <18 years.
There have been few studies that have described HIV testing rates among minors; these data are needed to reveal opportunities for pediatrician-adolescent communication about HIV and sexual orientation, which could increase the odds of testing. This study described HIV testing rates and identified salient individual, family, school, and healthcare influences among adolescent boys who engage in same-sex sexual intercourse (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT03511131).\
In 2018, 37,832 people received an HIV diagnosisa in the United States (US) and dependent areas.b From 2010 to 2017, HIV diagnoses decreased 11% among adults and adolescents in the 50 states and District of Columbia. However, annual diagnoses have increased among some groups.
New HIV Diagnoses in the US and Dependent Areas for the Most-Affected Subpopulations, 2018 (click image to enlarge).
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Who we are: We are a diverse group of representatives working to enhance HIV prevention and care efforts for Pennsylvania.
What we do: Our work contributes to the development of the HIV Prevention and Care Plan, which implements ongoing objectives and activities to reduce the spread and infections of HIV.
Who we’re looking for: Individuals who are living with HIV; at high‐risk for HIV infection and are: racial and ethnic minorities, between the ages of 14 and 39, and/or transgender; representatives from Ryan White Part B‐D grantees; employees or clients of HIV prevention/testing/PrEP providers; and County/Municipal Health Departments. Applications from all interested candidates will be considered.
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