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IDPH - Question of the Week

HIV diagnoses in Iowa females are at their highest level ever.

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34 females were diagnosed with HIV in 2013 - the highest number ever, up 62 percent over 2012. There were three male diagnoses for every female diagnosis in 2013, a marked change from a five one to ratio from 2006 through 2012. Male diagnoses numbered 88 in 2013, a substantial drop from 96 in 2012 and the five-year average.

Diagnoses among females, averaging 20 per year from 2006 through 2012, climbed suddenly from 21 in 2012 to 34 in 2013. A 62 percent increase in such a relatively small number, 21, must be interpreted with caution. It will take more than one year of data collection to know if this is a transient fluctuation or whether it represents the beginning of a sustained increase among females.

The Iowa Department of Public Health's HIV/AIDS program coordinates statewide HIV/AIDS prevention and care services for Iowa residents. The program consists of three components: Prevention, Care & Support Services; Data & Disease Reporting; and an HIV/AIDS/Hepatitis Integration Project.

Click here for more information on the IDPH HIV/AIDS program.

Click here for statewide data and surveillance reports on HIV/AIDS and STD in Iowa.

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