Number of HIV/AIDS Cases in Maine Increasing, Mirroring National Trend
August 1, 2003
The number of new HIV/AIDS cases in Maine has increased for the first time in several years, according to state Bureau of Health statistics released on Tuesday, the Bangor Daily News reports. Between Jan. 1 and July 24, 2003, 33 new HIV infections were reported in the state, compared with 19 newly reported HIV cases during the same period last year, according to the data. In addition, the bureau has reported 28 new AIDS diagnoses so far this year, compared with 21 new cases during the same period last year. According to the bureau, Maine has 500 reported AIDS cases and 700 reported HIV cases, more than ever before in the state. Mark Griswold, who compiles data for the state's HIV/AIDS program, said that the total number of HIV/AIDS cases in Maine is "tiny," but the increase in new cases is "still very troubling." The increase in new HIV/AIDS cases in the state reflects a national trend (Haskell, Bangor Daily News, 7/30). The CDC on Monday announced at the 2003 National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta that there was a 2.2% overall increase in the number of new U.S. AIDS cases in 2002 and that the number of new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men rose for the third consecutive year in 2002, increasing 7.1% from 2001 to 2002 (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 7/29). Most of Maine's HIV/AIDS cases are among men who have sex with men and injection drug users, according to Griswold.
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