Kansas, Missouri: AIDS Rate in Kansas City Has Fallen
June 14, 2005
The rate of new HIV/AIDS cases in Kansas City fell steadily through the 1990s and is now well below that of the average metropolitan area its size. In 1989, there were 48.5 new cases of HIV/AIDS per 100,000 population in the 11-county metro area. By 1999, that rate had fallen to 15.1 cases, and by 2003 the rate was down to 7.5 cases, where it has remained, said Ron Griffin, manager of communicable disease prevention at the Kansas City Health Department. That compares to an average rate of 19.4 cases per 100,000 for U.S. cities with populations of 500,000 or more. Local infection rates remain relatively high among people of color, and health agencies are directing prevention campaigns toward each high-risk group.
Kansas City Star
06.14.05; Alan Bavley