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New HIV cases continue dropping in Anne Arundel

Saturday - 11/30/2013, 10:50am  ET

DIAA HADID
Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Anne Arundel County officials have reported 42 new cases of HIV so far this year, or 50 fewer than the number of new infections five years ago.

The Capital of Annapolis says (http://bit.ly/1b3AUX0 ) the latest state health department figures show there are 1,044 people in the county with HIV or AIDS. Of those, 861 are getting treatment.

Colin Flynn, chief of the state Center for HIV Surveillance Epidemiology and Evaluation, says county officials have worked hard in recent years to get treatment for people with HIV. Officials say 60 percent of people testing positive for the virus in the county are getting information on treatment from public health officials.

New diagnoses in the county peaked five years ago at 92 but have been leveling off.

Sunday is World AIDS Day.

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Information from: The Capital of Annapolis, Md., http://capitalgazette.com


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