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An analysis done by the Kaiser Family Foundation from their own 2013 and 2014 survey and tracking poll1 shows that black adults and gay and bisexual men (both groups that make up a disproportionate share of people living with HIV in the US) have a slight increase in knowledge regarding the effectiveness of antiretroviral treatment (22% of black adults and 25% of gay and bisexual men stating that they are aware of the effectiveness of ART versus 21% of all US adults).

A similar finding from the Kaiser study showed that when people were asked if they were aware of PrEP as a prevention strategy, 18% of black adults and 26% of gay and bisexual men responded yes, versus 14% for all US adults.  Although both at-risk demographics are more likely to be aware of recent improvements in HIV prevention and care than the average adult population, the percentages remain low overall.

Results from the study show that although 55% of gay and bisexual men know that they should be tested every 3-6 months, only 44% have reported that their clinician ever suggested being tested for HIV.

The infographic also shows that 39% of black adults and 30% of gay and bisexual men report being tested for HIV in the past 12 months versus the NYC averages of 50% (black adults) and 47% (MSM), respectively.2

Infographics such as these are important tools to disseminate, interpret, and ultimately, make key information about HIV awareness and testing more accessible. Similar to the visualizations across the ETE Dashboard, this packaging of critical statistics can help inform researchers, policy makers, providers, consumers and people at high risk of HIV about the gaps in HIV prevention and treatment that must be addressed in order to end the epidemic by the end of 2020.

 

1 Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of Gay and Bisexual Men on HIV (conducted July 17 – August 3, 2015) and Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll (conducted July 15-21, 2014).
2 New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Community Health Survey 2013; public use dataset retrieved from the HIV testing visualization at http://etedashboardny.org/measures/testing/nyc/.