Texas: Gregg County's New HIV/AIDS Cases Pass 2003 Total
June 30, 2004
Gregg County's new HIV/AIDS cases this year have already surpassed last year's, with most infections the result of unprotected sex. The Texas Department of Health said 29 new cases have been reported so far this year, topping the 26 cases for all 2003. In 2002, the county reported 42 HIV/AIDS cases.Adapted from:
About 90 percent of the Gregg County infections reported between Jan. 1, 2000, and June 18, 2004, are attributed to unprotected sex. About 6 percent were connected to intravenous drug use.
"We believe there are a lot more cases out there," said Tony Kelley, the health department's regional HIV/STD program manager in Tyler. Kelley said the numbers include only reports from laboratories, physicians and clinics, which are required by law to report new cases.
About 43 percent of HIV-infected patients in the county over the past four years were ages 20-29. Fifty-five percent of new HIV cases and 60 percent of new AIDS cases are black. About 40 percent of the HIV and 30 percent of the AIDS cases are white, a classification that includes Hispanics, the department reported.
CDC statistics for 2002, the latest available, show roughly 60,000 Texans living with HIV/AIDS. As of June 2003, 581 people in East Texas had HIV/AIDS, according to figures from Special Health Resources for Texas.
06.23.04; Katherine Sayre
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.