Alaska Fighting Rise in HIV, Syphilis Rates

May 7, 2014

This article was reported by KTUU-TV.

KTUU-TV reported that the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has noted a concerning rise in the number of reported HIV and syphilis cases in the state. Statistics are preliminary, but health officials have seen approximately 20 cases each for the first four months of 2014, in comparison with a total of 24 HIV cases and 30 syphilis cases for all of 2013, with the majority of those infected being men. According to DHSS HIV/STD Program Manager Susan Jones, the state is in the midst of both syphilis and gonorrhea outbreaks, and -- according to CDC -- ranks first in the United States for reported chlamydia cases for 2013 as well.

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.

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