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Nearly one in five HIV-positive Americans—approximately 208,000 individuals—do not know they are infected. People with undiagnosed HIV account for an estimated two-thirds of sexually transmitted HIV infections because they do not know they are putting others at risk. Routine screening targets one of the major drivers of the epidemic: undiagnosed infection.
Established in 2010, Gilead’s HIV FOCUS program (HIV on the Frontlines of Communities in the United States) partners with healthcare providers, government agencies and community organizations to:
HIV FOCUS works in 10 cities that together are home to approximately half of people with undiagnosed HIV in the United States: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
HIV FOCUS partners have begun integrating routine HIV screening into a range of healthcare settings, conducting more than 300,000 tests to date. Examples include:
Download a detailed overview of Gilead’s HIV FOCUS Program (PDF).