The number of Iowans diagnosed with HIV dropped 10 percent in 2014 that was down from 122 in 2013 and the lowest in 11 years, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Based on the 2014 End-of-Year HIV Disease Surveillance Report, the IDPH states that HIV diagnoses among females decreased by 28 percent while African-Americans infected with AIDS virus plummeted to 12 percent that was 21 percent in 2013.

The report gives a positive indication of the battle against AIDS.  The IDPH HIV Surveillance Coordinator Jerry Harms said, “We’ll need more data to tell if this is a temporary decrease or the start of a sustained downward trend.”

However, Chief of the IDPH Bureau of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis Randy Mayer is optimistic, as several indicators are on the right track.

“I think we are beginning to see the value of the great work that has been done since the development of that plan,” he said.

 

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