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HIV on the Rise in San Jose, Calif., Homeless Encampment Known as "The Jungle"

March 26, 2014

This article was reported by KCBS Radio.

KCBS Radio reported that HIV and other STDs are increasing in "The Jungle," a homeless encampment of 200–300 residents on the banks of San Jose, Calif.'s Coyote Creek. Mercy Egbujor, a nurse with Valley Homeless Healthcare, said there is an alarming rise in HIV cases as well as other STDs such as gonorrhea and chlamydia in the encampment. According to Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager, the county is at work on a larger study of the health issue, and health officials and lawmakers are determining whether they need to distribute more clean needles and condoms and how they can better educate individuals there about safer sex.

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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