Learn more about the terminology used in the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative.

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Knowledge of Status

Knowledge (or awareness) of HIV-positive status occurs when a person with HIV is tested and diagnosed with HIV infection. Getting tested and knowing one’s HIV serostatus are entry points for an individual to receive either HIV prevention services (if HIV negative) or HIV medical care (if HIV positive), both of which are important to staying healthy and limiting the spread of HIV.

Formula for the Knowledge of Status indicator