The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that every year approximately 56,000 Americans are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. More than one million Americans are living with HIV, but approximately 200,000 do not know it. HIV/AIDS impacts disproportionately members of racial and ethnic minority communities, men who have sex with men, and injecting drug users. Young American men and women from minority communities are at particular risk. The estimates for 2006 through 2009 are the first multiyear estimates using CDC’s national HIV incidence surveillance methodology, which is based on direct measurement of new HIV infections using a laboratory test that can classify new diagnoses as either recent or long-standing. The new estimates suggest that overall HIV incidence in the United States has been relatively stable and also underscore some key HIV prevention challenges that require urgent action.
ICF’s HIV/AIDS portfolio combines the expertise of hundreds of public health, information technology, behavioral science, cultural competence, technical assistance and capacity building, substance abuse and mental health, and other professionals necessary for successful HIV/AIDS related programs and activities. We have a long and continuing relationship with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), CDC, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other federal agencies working on domestic and international programs for prevention, care and research. Among ICF's projects are AIDS.gov, AIDSinfo.nih.gov, Scientific and Programmatic Support Services for the CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP), the Data Coordinating Center for the Medical Monitoring Project, the enhanced HIV/AIDS Reporting System (eHARS). ICF has carried out the USAID Demographic and Health Surveys program for more than two decades.