New CDPH report released on World AIDS Day shows State of HIV and STI in Chicago.
CHICAGO- The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) reports the number of new HIV infection diagnoses has been declining steadily for the past 13 years in Chicago. The new numbers are included in CDPH's 2014 HIV/STI Surveillance Report released on World AIDS Day. In addition to the release of the report, as part of World AIDS Day events, CDPH staff and volunteers will be distributing free condoms at select CTA stations throughout the City.
According to the new report, there has been a decrease of 41 percent in new HIV diagnoses since 2001 and a 47 percent decrease in AIDS diagnosis since 2002. 1,091 HIV diagnoses were reported in 2013, down from 1,857 in 2001.
In addition to the decline in overall diagnoses, Chicago outperforms national rates when it comes to HIV-positive individuals in care. 80 percent of individuals diagnosed with HIV in 2011 were linked to vital care within three months of their initial diagnosis, and more than half of all Chicago residents living with HIV receive HIV medical care, compared to only 40 percent nationally. The report also shows that Black men and women, who have born the burden of most HIV and STI cases, are seeing downward trends in all diseases. (SOURCE: CDPH)
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