Report Finds That HIV Cases in Baltimore Increasing Among People Ages 20-29, Calls on City to Do More to Fight Spread of Virus
March 31, 2008
The number of HIV cases recorded in Baltimore among people ages 20-29 increased by 10% annually between 2000 and 2006, and blacks account for 90% of new cases in the city, according to a report released Thursday by the Baltimore City Commission on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment, the Baltimore Sun reports.
City health commissioner Joshua Sharfstein said his top priority is to develop a "coherent prevention plan." He added the city still lacks an inventory of what public and not-for-profit groups are doing and what they have accomplished. "There's no public accounting," Sharfstein said, adding that one problem is the assortment of public and private agencies making grants. "If there were a single funding agency, it would be easier," Sharfstein said. The Health Department is creating a program, called "HIV stat," that will ask agencies to report their activities on a quarterly basis, the Sun reports. Sharfstein said the health department also is planning new methods to fight the spread of the disease among people who engage in commercial sex work to support their drug habits (Bor, Baltimore Sun, 3/28).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.