August 20, 2020 - New Youth-Focused Research Shows Better Health Outcomes for Youth Through More Frequent HIV Screening
Conducting HIV screening as frequently as every three months contributes to better health outcomes for young men who have sex with men (such as extending life expectancy) and is cost-effective, according to newly published findings in the publication Clinical Infectious Diseases.
Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend annual HIV screening for young men who have sex with men, due to a lack of sufficient youth-centered evidence, according to Dr. Anne Neilan, who led the study. Dr. Neilan is an infectious disease specialist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Infectious Diseases and currently directs the ATN Modeling Core.
The study’s researchers leveraged youth-centered data from two studies, ATN 110 and ATN 113, to create a computer simulation model to assess HIV screening outcomes when conducted yearly, every six months, and every three months.
Young men who have sex with men account for one in five new HIV infections in the United States, Dr. Neilan said.
"With so many youth with HIV being unaware of their status, this is an area where there are opportunities not only to improve care for individual youth, but also to curb the HIV epidemic in the U.S," she said.