MMWR News Synopsis for February 22, 2018 / No. 5
:: HIV Diagnoses Among Persons Aged 13–29 Years — United States, 2010‒2014
A new analysis provides a clearer picture of the remarkable escalations in HIV diagnosis rates among adolescents as age increases between 13-21 years. Between 2010 and 2014, there were large differences in diagnosis rates among adolescents and young adults as age increased (between 13 and 21 years). An analysis of data from the National HIV Surveillance System revealed large differences in HIV diagnosis rates per 100,000 between adolescents ages 13-15 years (0.7); 16-17 years (4.5); and 18-19 years (16.5). The analysis also found that while diagnosis rates were higher among young adults than adolescents, they were less variable among age groups: 20-21 years (28.6 per 100,000); 22-23 years (34.0); 24-25 years (33.8); 26-27 years (31.3); and 28-29 years (28.7). The findings demonstrate the importance of targeting primary prevention efforts to people younger than 18 years and continuing through the period of elevated risk in the mid-20s.