New HIV infections in Wisconsin reached a six-year high in
2002, suggesting that unprotected sex and other risk behaviors
are on the rise. The total number of new cases last year was 390,
up 16 percent from the 336 reported in 2001. "That's a
significant increase," said Dr. James Vergeront, who heads the
state's HIV/AIDS program, but not significantly higher than the
372 to 389 cases reported annually during the 1998-2000 period.
More than 4,850 people in Wisconsin are known to be living with
HIV; many others have the virus but do not know it. HIV/AIDS is
growing fastest among minorities in the state. According to
Vergeront, 54 percent of cases reported between 2000 and 2002 are
among minorities, who make up 12 percent of Wisconsin's
population. Compared to whites, infection rates are 6.5 times
higher among Hispanics and 14 times higher among blacks.
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