Summary of New HIV Diagnoses in Louisiana (2020)
For the fourth consecutive year, new HIV diagnoses have declined in Louisiana. In 2020, there were 728 HIV diagnoses in Louisiana, a 17% decrease from the 881 diagnoses in 2019. The steep decline in new diagnoses from 2019 to 2020 has largely been defined by the sweeping institutional impact of COVID-19 on HIV testing and engagement in routine medical care. The effects of which are yet to be fully understood. The majority of new diagnoses in 2020 were male (73%), Black (70%), and 25-44 years-old (56%). Almost half of new diagnoses were from the New Orleans (26%) and Baton Rouge (20%) public health regions.
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