World AIDS Day: HIV cases increasing in R.I.

Category: News | Posted on: December 1st, 2014

By Richard Salit, Providence Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE — With cases of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases on the rise in Rhode Island, public health advocates commemorated World AIDS Day at the State House on Monday by calling for increased efforts to prevent the spread of the disease.

The state Health Department has seen 87 new diagnoses of HIV infection through October of this year, up from 74 in all of last year. That follows a general downward trend over the past decade.

Meanwhile, cases of syphilis, which are associated with unprotected sex and the spread of HIV, are up nearly 50 percent, jumping from 67 in all of 2013 to 95 with two months remaining in this year.

““I want to bring this to everyone’s attention and sound the alarm bells,”” said Amy Nunn, executive director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute and an associate professor of behavioral and social sciences at Brown University.

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