Why California is a hotbed for HIV and AIDS coverage
California is becoming a hot spot for HIV/AIDS coverage.
A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis found that, in the 12 months ending March 31, 2017, the state’s counties had an estimated 1,637 new HIV cases and an estimated 813 new HIV diagnoses.
The counties have also experienced a surge in new HIV infections in the past year, and many have seen a jump in the number of new HIV-positive adults and adults in the homeless population, the study found.
In a state where HIV testing is readily available and where the cost of testing is often covered by insurance, the findings highlight how far we’ve come in fighting the virus, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Kaiser Family Institute.
The analysis also highlighted that some counties have seen increases in new cases of HIV, and in some cases the rate of new infections has been higher than in neighboring counties.
But even in counties where new infections have been highest, the numbers are still far below the national average.
California is one of several states where the number is increasing.
In 2016, the California Department of Public Health reported that the state had 765 new HIV/1,000-person cases and 765 newly diagnosed cases.
This year, the department reported that California had 812 new HIV tests for new and existing HIV cases, 816 new HIV and hepatitis C tests for newly diagnosed infections, and 921 new HIV test results for people who tested positive for HIV in the previous year.
In California, there are more than 8,000 HIV testing centers, according to the department.
The state also has about 6,400 HIV testing sites, and a number of other health agencies in California are partnering with other state agencies to conduct testing.
The number of people who test positive for the virus has been on the rise since 2016, according for the department, and the state expects that number to continue to rise.
The state has seen an increase in HIV diagnoses and testing numbers in California, said Fauccia.
“This is one area where we need to continue focusing on prevention and getting people tested as soon as possible,” he said.
One of the main reasons for this rise is that there are so many people who have not been tested in California and many people living in shelters, according Faucci.
“The data shows that these numbers are higher than the national numbers and it’s important that we get this message out to the general public,” he added.
KHON2 contacted the California Office of Emergency Services and Health Services, the county health department, the Department of Justice and the California Health Care Foundation for comment.
A spokesman for the state health department did not immediately respond.
More information on the state of health in California can be found at http://www.healthcarefoundation.org/news/index.asp?newsID=1201.