Minnesota: State HIV Report Shows Slight Decline in Cases
May 2, 2014
This article was reported by Shakopee Valley News.
Shakopee Valley News reported that the Minnesota Department of Health reported a 4-percent decline in last year's state HIV rate. The department reported 301 new HIV diagnoses in 2013 and 314 in 2012. Though the overall rate has dropped, certain population groups and rates in the suburbs have increased. Minnesota reported no new cases of infant HIV in 2013.
"Although we saw a slight decrease in the overall HIV case reports, there are certainly some increases occurring among our communities of color and men who have sex with men that concern us," said Minnesota's Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger.
The 2013 data show that one-third of HIV cases were among young adults between 20-29 years old; female diagnoses increased by 22 percent, with 73 percent of female cases being in women of color; male diagnoses decreased by 11 percent, with 62 percent of male cases among men who have sex with men and 18 percent in male youth ages 13-24.
Rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis increased in 2013, which caused concern among health officials for the possible impact on HIV rates. Health officials stress that HIV and all STDs are preventable. "People in treatment can significantly reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to their sexual partners," said Ehlinger. "Getting tested for HIV is the best place to start if you are sexually active."
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