The Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (MECDC) is applying for funds to support HIV prevention and surveillance activities to help improve the HIV care continuum in Maine. Funds will be used to support strategies and activities such as HIV testing, case surveillance, and data to care efforts with goals of increasing the percentage of Maine residents who are aware of their infection, linked to and retained in HIV medical care, and virally suppressed.
Maine intends to maintain its support of HIV testing in both clinical and community settings, targeted outreach to high-risk populations to increase testing, disease intervention services for all newly-identified HIV cases, and condom distribution. MECDC plans to continue to develop its data to care efforts in collaboration with MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid Program, and the Ryan White Part B Program to reengage those individuals who appear to be lost to care and explore increasing outreach to those who are engaged in care but not virally suppressed. MECDC also intends to develop PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) navigation services to increase knowledge of and access to PrEP services throughout the state.
In the State of Maine, HIV is a mandated reportable disease. As such, the MECDC receives, investigates, and utilizes both a Maine-instance of the NEDSS Based System and eHARS to track all cases of HIV. At the end of 2016, 1,813 people were estimated to be living with HIV in Maine. The majority of people living with diagnosed HIV infection were male (n=1,462), white (n=1,379), and between the ages of 45 and 64 (n=1,109). There were 56 new infections reported in 2016, an increase from 48 in 2015.