South Dakota: HIV Infection Rate Matches Last Year’s Pace
August 25, 2006
Although South Dakota continues to rank in the bottom 10 percent of US states in HIV infection rates, officials say they are worried that the rate of infection so far this year is on pace with last year's figures. In 2005, the state recorded 33 new HIV cases -- the first year since 1995 when more than 30 new infections were diagnosed. Together with unsafe sex among young people, methamphetamine injection is blamed for the spike. "There are a number of cases that have been connected with meth use," said Lon Kightlinger, state epidemiologist. "Certainly not all, but enough to make it a concern." Since 1985, the state has documented 511 HIV/AIDS cases. Almost three-quarters of the 296 South Dakotans now living with HIV/AIDS are men.
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.