Health Official Releases HIV, STI Data for Maryland County
March 25, 2009
Prince George's County in Maryland has the second-highest rate of reported HIV/AIDS cases statewide, County Health Officer Donald Shell announced on Tuesday, the Washington Post reports. The county also has the second-highest rate of sexually transmitted infections, Shell said, adding that only Baltimore is higher in both categories.
According to Shell, the rates of HIV/AIDS and other STIs in Prince George's County can be attributed in part to a lack of safer-sex practices, particularly during heterosexual intercourse. Shell said that he has been surprised by the response he receives from college students. "They don't care about condom usage or about their partners," he said, adding, "There is a blatant disregard that anything is going to happen to them" (Wiggins, Washington Post, 3/25).
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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.