HIV/AIDS Cases Increasing In South Dakota

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The number of HIV/AIDS cases in SouthDakota increased by 3% between 2005 and 2006, according to the mostrecent statistics from the state Departmentof Health, the MitchellDaily Republic reports. The statistics were released aspart of the South Dakota Vital Statistics book, which was distributedto the media last month. According to statewide data, HIV/AIDS casesincreased from 33 cases in 2005 to 34 cases in 2006. Among the 34cases of HIV/AIDS, 65% were reported among men, and 20 cases werereported among people ages 40 to 64. The majority of cases werereported among white residents.

HIV/AIDS cases in SouthDakota have increased steadily among men since 2004, according tostate health data. There were 22 cases of HIV/AIDS reported among menin the state in 2006, up from 19 cases in 2005. Thirteen cases ofHIV/AIDS were reported among men in 2004, according to statistics.The recent increase in HIV/AIDS cases among women in the statemirrors a national trend, according to Bonnie Jameson, administratorfor the state Office of DiseasePrevention. Six cases of HIV/AIDS were reported among women inSouth Dakota in 2004, compared with 14 in 2005 and 12 in 2006.

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Thehealth department also recorded a 4.5% increase in the number ofgonorrhea cases and a 2.5% decrease in chlamydia cases, which is themost common sexually transmitted infection in South Dakota, accordingto the Daily Republic. Among the 2,633 cases ofchlamydia reported, 73% of the cases were among women.

Accordingto Jameson, the number of STIs fluctuates annually. "We arestill doing the same prevention and intervention activities that wehave done over the years," Jameson said. "It's dependentupon the individual who is infected and how many people they haveexposed," she said, adding, "The take home message here isthat [STIs] are certainly present in South Dakota. We don't wantindividuals to become displaced and think that the risk is not here"(Dittmer, Mitchell Daily Republic, 1/3).

Reprinted with permission fromkaisernetwork.org.You can view the entire KaiserDaily HIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, and signup for email delivery at kaisernetwork.org/email. The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is publishedfor kaisernetwork.org, a free service of The Henry J. Kaiser FamilyFoundation.

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I live in Brookings. I am dumbfounded by the lack of education aboutHIV/AIDS in this city. They seem to turn a blind eye to the problem. When I speak with people they think there is a need but no wants to do anything to improve the situation.