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.
Over the last 10 years, there has been an overall annual reduction in the number of newly diagnosed cases of HIV in Rhode Island from 78 to 67 cases. The dip in cases in 2020 may be related to factors related to COVID-19, including changes in individual sexual behaviors and health care access.
There were 2,703 Rhode Islanders diagnosed and living with HIV in 2020. Due to advances in HIV treatment, people who are living with HIV are living longer lives and represent a growing segment of Rhode Island’s population. The numbers above account for the migration of people living with HIV who move into and out of the state.
Between 1983 and 2020, a total of 1,957 deaths have occurred among Rhode Island residents diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. However, only 209 (10.7%) of those deaths occurred from 2016-2020, and deaths decreased annually in this five-year period. Between 2010 and 2019, the national age-adjusted rate of HIV-related deaths fell by nearly half. This reduction in deaths underscores the impact of improved treatment and access to care for people living with HIV.