New Minnesota HIV/AIDS cases drop 11 percent in 2010
|HIV infections are down in Minnesota.|
Today, there's better news on a similar front: The number of new HIV/AIDS cases in Minnesota dropped 11 percent in 2010 compared to the year before, 331 compared to 390. About about 6,800 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Minnesota.
Here's how some of the stats break down compared to the past.
|New HIV infections in Minnesota, by year. Click to enlarge.|
The trend has shifted more when it comes to gender. In 1990, males accounted for 89 percent of new HIV infections. That rate dropped to 79 percent in 2010.
There's been a big swing in the number of infections among white males. After an all-time low of 101 reported cases between 1999 and 2000, the number has climbed precipitously, by 41 percent to 141 cases in 2010. When it comes to black men, the number of cases fell to 58 in 2010 compared to 64 in 2009, and an all-time high 78 in 1992.
|Minnesota has the 15th-lowest HIV infection rate in the country. Click to enlarge.|
Overall, Minnesota has an infection rate of roughly 4 people per 100,000 population--giving us the 15th-lowest rate nationally. Maryland, at 27.6 per 100,000, has the highest rate. South Dakota, at 1.4 per 100,000, has the lowest.