COVID Caused Drop in HIV Testing, Diagnoses

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COVID-19 caused a dramatic decline in HIV testing and, as a consequence, a much lower number of new HIV diagnoses.

According to the HIV.gov blog, CDC’s 2020 HIV Surveillance Report Shows COVID Disruptions, "The COVID-19 pandemic in the United States led to disruptions in HIV testing services and access to clinical services throughout 2020. This disruption resulted in a steep, single-year decline in HIV diagnoses that is mostly attributed to declines in testing caused by less frequent visits to health centers, reduced outreach services, and shifting of public health staff to COVID-19 response activities."

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