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June 27, 2014


TAHLEQUAH — In the United States 1.1 million people are living with HIV/AIDS today and worldwide about 35.3 million people are living with HIV, the Center for Disease Control reports.

Statistics reported on the Oklahoma Health Department website indicate that HIV cases and deaths by AIDS are decreasing


In 2010, 300 cases of HIV/AIDS were diagnosed in Oklahoma, 3.8% decrease in the number of cases diagnosed since 2008 and a 21.3% decrease since 2005.  

The representation of HIV cases by ethnicity reported Whites accounted for 5,441 or 64.4%, Blacks  with 1,794 or 21.2%, American Indians/Alaskan Natives with 536 or 6.3%, Hispanics with 504 or 6.0%, and Asian/Pacific Islanders with 46 or 0.5%.   

More men than women accounted for the majority of the cumulative HIV/AIDS cases, 7,216 or 85.3% diagnosed in Oklahoma, compared to females with 14.7%  or 1,246 cases. Of those  men who reported a risk of having sex with other men (MSM) were 53.3% or 4,507 of  cases,  while  MSM  and  Injection  Drug  Use  (MSM/IDU)  represented  10.6% or 894.  

HIV reports the largest number of cases among the age group 30 to 39 with 3,213 or 38.0%, followed by 20 - 29 year olds with 31.3%  or 2,652. Teenagers ages  13 - 19 years of age accounted for  2.7%  or 224) of cases.

Anyone who has engaged in behaviors that increase the chances of getting HIV, should definitely get an HIV test. People continuing with these behaviors, should be tested every year.

Have you injected drugs or steroids or shared equipment (such as needles, syringes, works) with others?

Have you had unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex with men who have sex with men, multiple partners, or anonymous partners?

Have you exchanged sex for drugs or money?

Have you been diagnosed with or treated for hepatitis, tuberculosis (TB), or a sexually transmitted disease (STD), like syphilis?

Have you had unprotected sex with someone who could answer yes to any of the above questions?


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