SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Department of Public Health presented its latest HIV epidemiology report to the Health Commission last week showing that while the number of new infections continues to decline, African-Americans and homeless people have persistently higher infection rates and poorer outcomes, the Bay Area Reporter reports.
The DPH reported 221 new HIV diagnoses in 2017, the lowest number since the start of the epidemic. This represents a 5 percent decline from 2016, following two years of steeper drops of around 15 percent, the article notes.
The latest findings indicate that San Francisco is making progress toward achieving the goals of its Getting to Zero initiative: zero new infections, zero deaths due to HIV/AIDS and zero stigma against people living with HIV, the Bay Area Reporter said.
Sixty percent of people with newly diagnosed HIV in 2017 were men who have sex with men. People who inject drugs (including gay and bisexual men) accounted for 25 percent of new diagnoses, and straight men and women accounted for 6 percent. The decade-long decline in new infections among people who inject drugs has leveled off and may be starting to increase slightly. Fourteen percent of newly diagnosed people were homeless, the Bay Area Reporter reports.