HIV Testing During the Pandemic Declines Sharply

CDC data shows a sharp decrease in the number of CDC-funded HIV tests administered in healthcare and non-healthcare settings (43% and 50%, respectively) from 2019 to 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. These concerning drops were seen among groups disproportionately affected by HIV. This data highlights the urgent need to scale up testing and reduce disparities among the people who could most benefit from HIV prevention and care.