South Dakota HIV Cases Top 30 for Second Year in a Row

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For the second year in a row, South Dakota has reported more than 30 new cases of HIV. There were 34 new cases in 2006, up from 33 in 2005 and the state's highest number since 1995 when 35 were reported. The 2006 numbers were reported in the just-released South Dakota HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report.

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"Nationally in 2005, South Dakota had the fourth lowest rate of adults and adolescents living with HIV infection (28 per 100,000 population) in the country, just above Iowa at 22, Wyoming at 21 and North Dakota at 14," said Dr. Lon Kightlinger, State Epidemiologist for the Department of Health. "South Dakota had the second lowest rate of people living with AIDS, 19 per 100,000 population, just above North Dakota with 13."

In accord with national recommendations issued by CDC this past September, the South Dakota Department of Health advises health care providers to make voluntary HIV screening a routine part of medical care for patients 13 to 64 years of age.

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