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Tennessee: As HIV Cases Rise Among Young, Many Avoid Help

October 5, 2011

New HIV diagnoses among 15- to 24-year-olds in the 13-county Middle Tennessee region have more than doubled in the past five years, the Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) recently reported. The proportion of regional residents who have been diagnosed but remain untreated is 48 percent, compared with 37 percent nationally. Untreated patients are at risk of transmitting HIV as well as progressing more rapidly to AIDS.

"As a community, we've got to work on some of the issues of stigma and about labeling people that keep people from treating it just like they would treat any other medical condition," said Dr. Bill Paul, MPHD's director. "We see too many people with new infections and people avoiding testing and foregoing treatment."

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