June 19, 2008
Alaska: HIV Low, Chlamydia High
While Alaska’s rate of HIV infection remains relatively low, its chlamydia infection rate is among the highest in the United States, the Associated Press/Juneau Empire reports (juneauempire.com, 6/17).
According to reports by the state’s Divisions of Public Health, 1,206 HIV cases were reported in Alaska from 1982 to 2007, while 4,911 chlamydia cases were reported in 2007 alone—an 8 percent increase from the previous year.
The article also notes that sexually transmitted infections, like chlamydia, can raise the risk of HIV transmission.
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