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United States: Navajo Confront an Increase in New HIV Infections

May 20, 2013

The Indian Health Service (IHS) reported 47 new HIV cases on the Navajo reservation in 2012 -- a 20-percent increase from 2011. Since 1999, HIV incidence in the Navajo tribe has increased fivefold, according to Dr. Jonathan Iralu, the report's author. Iralu partly attributed the recent rise in diagnoses to earlier detection of the virus among tribe members.

When AIDS emerged on the reservation in the late 1980s, patients tended to present late, and approximately one-third of patients died soon after diagnosis. Although improved treatment and awareness campaigns initially lowered incidence and mortality, cultural stigma remains a major barrier to HIV prevention. The Navajo rarely disclose HIV infection or discuss it publicly. IHS previously concluded that most new HIV cases originated among Navajo who traveled off the reservation to urban areas; Iralu now fears that transmission is taking place among tribe members on the reservation.

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