Who gets HIV/AIDS in Minnesota? Numbers show wide disparities

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Male-to-male sex remains the leading risk factor for acquiring HIV/AIDS in Minnesota, according to the latest numbers from the Minnesota Health Department.

The department says HIV cases were down overall by four percent last year, but officials remain concerned about specific increases in infection among particular communities.

There were 301 cases reported last year, compared to 314 in 2012. There are approximately 7,700 people living with HIV or AIDS in the state.

– The report shows 82 percent of the cases are concentrated in the Twin Cities metro area.

– Nearly one in three HIV cases are among 20- to 29-year-olds.

– HIV cases increased by 22 percent among women, with the biggest increases among African-born and white females.

– Women of color accounted for 73 percent of all new female cases.

"Although we saw a slight decrease in the overall HIV case reports, there are certainly some increases occurring among our communities of color and men who have sex with men that concern us," Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger says.

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