Health Department reports 325 new HIV/AIDS cases in Minnesota
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Health says there were 325 new cases of HIV infection in the state in 2007.
That’s up from the 318 new cases in 2006 and the 304 new cases in 2005.
The numbers are in a report released Tuesday. Health officials estimate nearly 6,000 people in Minnesota know they are living with HIV.
Health officials say that in the last six years, there has been a large increase in cases of HIV among males ages 13 to 24. There were 18 new cases among that age group in 2001, compared with 38 new cases in 2007.
Of the 325 new cases reported last year, 249 are males and 76 are females. More than half of the cases among males were found in men who have sex with other men.
The report shows that new infections are much more common among blacks and Latinos than whites. Health officials say that may be due to cultural and language barriers, social stigma, and a lack of access to health care.
The complete HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report 2007 can be found on the MDH Web site at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/hiv/hivstatistics. html.