To monitor efforts undertaken by RIDOH, partner agencies, medical providers, and community partners to ensure people living with HIV know their status, are engaged in HIV medical care and other necessary services, and achieve an undetectable viral load. The goal is to use this data to inform efforts to prevent and control the spread of HIV to others. more
The number of people diagnosed, and living and dying with HIV in Rhode Island.
In the last 10 years there has been an overall reduction in the number of newly diagnosed cases of HIV in Rhode Island. In 2014, the number of newly diagnosed HIV infections increased. While the reason for this increase is unclear, it may be related to higher rates of HIV testing and/or to behavior changes that impact HIV transmission dynamics. In 2015, diagnosed cases dropped again to a low of 65 new cases identified and was relatively stable at 69 new cases identified in 2016.
The number of individuals living with HIV in Rhode Island is impacted by patients moving in and out of Rhode Island or to and from another country. Based on the most recently available address data, it is estimated that there were about 2,600 Rhode Islanders diagnosed with, and living with HIV through the end of 2015. It is also estimated that about 11% of individuals who are HIV-infected do not know their status and so the numbers above may be an underestimate of all Rhode Islanders living with HIV. Due to advances in effective HIV medication, people who are HIV-positive are living longer lives and represent a growing segment of Rhode Island’s population.
Since 1983, a total of 1,748 deaths have occurred among Rhode Island residents diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. However, only 186 (11%) of those deaths occurred from 2010-2014, and deaths decreased annually in this five-year period. This reduction in deaths underscores the impact of improved treatment and access to care for people living with HIV/AIDS.