Missouri: St. Louis Sees Less Improvement for HIV Patients
June 15, 2005
Citing the cost of medicines as a barrier to treatment, an official with the St. Louis Health Department said improvements in life expectancy among the city's HIV-positive population have been less pronounced. An estimated 1,525 people in St. Louis are living with HIV, while an additional 1,454 have AIDS. In St. Louis County, 715 people are HIV-positive and 732 have AIDS, said LaRhonda Garrett, chief of the communicable-disease bureau at the city health department. Overall, Missouri has recorded a downward trend in new HIV/AIDS cases over the last decade, from 905 in 1995 to around 500 last year, said Brad Hall, chief of HIV prevention programs for the state Department of Health.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
06.14.05; Deborah L. Shelton
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.