Free HIV Testing in Arizona

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Arizona lies in the western part of the United States. In terms of area, Arizona is the 6th largest state. According to the census data, 2021, the state is the 14th most populated state of the country, with a total population of 7.2 million. The state is blessed with magnificent geographical sites, such as the Grand Canyon, a popular tourist attraction.

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Why Testing Matters?

Due to the rapid growth in cases, HIV has been declared an epidemic globally. The very first cases of HIV in the United States were diagnosed in the early 1980s, and ever since, the virus has spread to almost all states of the country. According to the data shared by the federal government 1.2 million people in the United States live with HIV.

Of the total numbers, almost 13 per cent of the people are still not aware of their HIV status and need testing. As per the same data, the total number of newly diagnosed cases in the country in 2019 was 34,800. The new HIV diagnosis in the United States has declined by 8 per cent from 37,800 in 2015 to 34,800 in 2019. The virus continues to have a disproportionate impact on specific populations and races, and ethnic minorities such as Black or African Americans and gay or bisexual men.

Moreover, untreated or undiagnosed HIV can lead to several, drastic health consequences, such as it can progress into a more lethal and painful condition called AIDS. And it can make everyone associated with you infected with the virus. Therefore, always make sure to get tested for HIV when undergoing routine medical checkup.

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HIV in Arizona

According to the state health profile by Centers for Diseases and Control, CDC, the total number of newly diagnosed cases in 2015 in Arizona was 717, making the state rank at 15th of the 50 U.S states.

HIV surveillance report by the Department of Health, Arizona, 2019 indicated that the number of total HIV diagnoses has steadily increased since 2017. In 2019 there were 776 newly diagnosed cases in the state, which has increased compared to 2018, where the total number of diagnoses was 767.

According to the same report, in 2019, 18,462 people were living with HIV/AIDS in Arizona. The rate of people living with HIV per 100,000 populations in the state was 253.6. Of the total cases, 572 individuals diagnosed with HIV were residents of Maricopa County. The majority of the people living with HIV belonged to Hispanic backgrounds.

HIV initiatives in Arizona

According to a report by CDC, approximately $7 million were awarded to various health care providers and Arizona Health departments for providing HIV related care. There were 53,569 HIV tests conducted in the state, and 290 individuals were diagnosed with the tests conducted with CDC funding. Of these cases, 103 residents newly diagnosed with HIV were linked to essential medical services.

South Western Center for HIV and AIDS is one of the HIV care providers actively working to reduce the number of newly diagnosed cases and improve people living with HIV in Arizona. This organization provides testing services, case management and primary medical care, mental health support, nutritional programs and community outreach services.

Aunt Rita Foundation is yet another organization working in Arizona providing HIV related education, community outreach services, advocacy initiatives and HIV testing. The foundation provides free HIV testing kits to homes and supports HIV patients through its innovative programs.

Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, commonly known as SAAF, is one of the oldest and the most popular organizations providing HIV related care to the residents of Arizona. The organization has several programs that range from testing to providing education, community outreach services, case management, housing, financial assistance to HIV positive individuals to food programs and support groups; SAAF does it all.

Age, Race, Gender and Ethnic Background

According to the data from the HIV surveillance report by the Department of Health, Arizona, the numbers of newly diagnosed cases of HIV were on a steady rise. In 2015 the total number of newly diagnosed cases was 711. It slowly climbed to 733 in 2017 and peaked at 776 in 2019. By 2019 18,462 people were living with HIV in the state. The HIV diagnosis rate per 100,000 population was calculated at 10.7.

The same report indicated that HIV was prevalent primarily in male residents of Arizona. In 2019 there were 659 males newly diagnosed with HIV in the state, while there were 117 females diagnosed with HIV in 2019.

Twenty-two per cent of the total people living with HIV in Arizona were 45 years or above, while 20 per cent were aged between 35 to 44 years, 35 per cent between 25 to 34 years and 22 per cent between 13 to 24 years. Most of the newly diagnosed cases of HIV were of individuals who were between the ages, 25 to 24 years.

Similar to almost all the other states, HIV has disproportionately affected the African American residents of Arizona. The HIV surveillance report indicates that 36.5 per cent of the people living with HIV were black Americas/ people of colour, while 14.1 per cent were Hispanic. 12.7 per cent of the people living with HIV were American Indians or Alaskan Natives, while 6.3 per cent of the people were identified as the White American population in Arizona. In 2019 the total number of HIV related deaths reported in the state was 221.

Data indicates that 78 per cent of the people diagnosed with HIV were linked to care. Of the total numbers of people living with HIV in the state, 78 % demonstrated that they were recipients of the medical care, 60 per cent were retained in HIV related care. In comparison, 65% were identified as virally suppressed cases.

According to a report By AIDSVu, in males, the most popular transmission modes of the virus were male to male sexual contact, which accounted for 77.7 per cent of the existing cases in Arizona. 4.5 per cent of the transmission was reported due to heterosexual contact, while 6.9 of the cases livening with HIV contracted the disease due to contaminated injection use. In female categories, 72.7 per cent of the transmission was due to heterosexual contact, while 23.4 of the individuals contracted the disease by using contaminated injections for drug use.

The county of Arizona where most of the cases were found was Maricopa. In 2019 521 cases were reported alone from Maricopa, 101 from Pima and 81 from Pinal.


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Reviewed by Debby R, MD. Last updated on May 18, 2022