HIV Cases Surging in the Navajo Nation
March 22, 2011
New HIV diagnoses in the Navajo Nation have more than doubled in recent years, jumping from 15 cases in 2000 to 40 in 2009 and 35 last year, according to the Navajo Area Indian Health Service. "HIV is a considerable problem in Indian Country," said Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, IHS director. "American Indians also face more risk factors than some other groups, such as higher rates of [STDs] and substance abuse." In response, IHS is launching a new testing campaign and increasing awareness and clinical services. With the help of a Minority AIDS Initiative grant, voluntary HIV screening is being offered to all people ages 13-64 admitted to IHS hospitals and clinics. The Gallup Indian Medical Center is running a 15-second advertisement in movie theatres encouraging residents to get tested. In addition, the center said Navajo-speaking case managers can visit the homes of patients and assist with therapy.
Daily Times (Farmington)
03.21.2011; Alysa Landry
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.
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