Black People With HIV in Rural Areas Less Likely to Have Undetectable Viral Load

Black People With HIV in Rural Areas Less Likely to Have Undetectable Viral Load

The findings highlight the persistent and stubborn disparities Black people experience all along the HIV prevention and care spectrum, from use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to rates of HIV acquisitionto HIV care and undetectable status. Finally, they gathered data for viral load to ascertain whether HIV-positive people had an undetectable viral load, defined as 200 or less, by six months after diagnosis. The vast majority lived in urban or metropolitan areas, but 897 (6%) lived in rural areas. And far from the 95% undetectable viral load goal, just 60% of Black people in rural areas reached an undetectable viral load by six months after diagnosis. Once again, men in urban and rural areas were less likely overall to have an undetectable viral load than women.

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