Why is it important to identify recent HIV-1 infection?

Why is it important to identify recent HIV-1 infection?

Persons with recent HIV infection may have a higher viral load and thus be more infectious and likely to transmit HIV. The identification of recent infection provides an opportunity to describe the HIV epidemic, identify ongoing or recent transmission, and intervene to stop further transmission. However, it will also be important to better understand characteristics of persons who are diagnosed with long-term infection as this may inform missed opportunities for HIV testing.

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