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Uptick in HIV Cases Worries San Francisco, Calif., Officials

January 17, 2014

This article was reported by Bay Area Reporter.

The Bay Area Reporter recently reported that San Francisco health officials are concerned about the first increase in new HIV cases in more than six years. The city reported 413 new HIV cases in 2012, compared with 406 reported in 2011. While the increase is small, there is concern that results have leveled off from prevention efforts, which aim to reduce new cases among gay and bisexual men as well as transgender persons by 50 percent in 2015.

City officials, who admittedly do not know the cause of the increase, hope it will not continue; the most recent surveillance report shows a decrease of HIV diagnoses in the first half of 2013, with 17 fewer cases than the first six months of 2012. "I think it is a really good time to look closely at all the data we have in combination. I don't think we have enough information yet to say it is not decreasing significantly," said Tracey Packer, San Francisco Department of Public Health's director of community health equity and promotion.

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