Newsfeed : Minnesota’s HIV Rates Remain High for Third Straight Year

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join

Back to home » Newsfeed » April 2009

Most Popular Links
Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

20 Years Ago In POZ

More News

Click here for more news

Have news about HIV? Send press releases, news tips and other announcements to


April 20, 2009

Minnesota’s HIV Rates Remain High for Third Straight Year

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 2008 marked the third consecutive year new cases of HIV have been higher than the norm, the Star Tribune reports. On average, Minnesota had 300 new cases reported every year beginning in 2001, but about 320 cases were reported in each of the last three years, said Peter Carr, director of the STD and HIV section at the health department.

Health officials are particularly worried about a rise in the number of new cases among young men ages 13 to 24, many of whom are men who have sex with men (MSM). Last year, 42 new HIV cases were among young men, up from 18 in 2002. Experts attribute this jump to the fact that those in this age group were born after HIV emerged in the 1980s and are less aware of transmission risk factors. In addition, since HIV is no longer a death sentence thanks to advances in antiretroviral therapy, young people do not perceive the virus as a serious threat.

According to the article, HIV also continues to disproportionately affect the state’s men and women of color. Even though these groups make up a small portion of Minnesota’s population, black women comprise 70 percent of new infections among women; similarly, men of color accounted for 39 percent of infections among men in 2008.

“Socioeconomic status appears to be the most important factor in communities and neighborhoods where higher rates of HIV infection are seen,” Carr said. “Limited incomes can mean lack of insurance, limited access to health care, poor housing situations, homelessness [and] social stigma.”

Search: Minnesota, MSM

Scroll down to comment on this story.


(will display; 2-50 characters)


(will NOT display)


(will display; optional)

Comment (500 characters left):

(Note: The POZ team reviews all comments before they are posted. Please do not include either ":" or "@" in your comment. The opinions expressed by people providing comments are theirs alone. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Smart + Strong, which is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by people providing comments.)

Comments require captcha.
Please enter this number for verification:

| Posting Rules

Show comments (0 total)

[Go to top]

Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr Instagram
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar
POZ on Twitter

Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Did you participate in an event for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2016?


more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2016 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.