Pekin Daily Times (IL) (10.24.2013)
Aids Weekly Plus
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Public Health Association are inviting health professionals to the 22nd Annual Illinois HIV/AIDS Conference, titled the “Time is Now.” Professionals see the conference as an opportunity to learn about new treatment information and cutting-edge programming as well as share experiences with peers.
Illinois ranks seventh in the United States for number of AIDS cases, reporting 39,844 cases since 1980; approximately 23,729 of these patients have died. From 2008 to 2012, Illinois experienced an 18-percent increase in AIDS patients, especially among Hispanics and other ethnic groups. In 2012, 66 percent fewer people died of the disease. Although HIV-infected individuals are living longer, many people are not diagnosed until the end stage of the disease. Heterosexuals and injecting drug users both saw the greatest decrease in number of deaths for 2008–2012, (72 percent for both groups). Men who have sex with men had a lower rate of decrease (60 percent).
From 2008 to 2012, the rate of new HIV diagnoses decreased by 5 percent. The rate of new diagnoses in men increased from 75 percent in 2008 to 83 percent in 2012, but African Americans had the most notable decrease in the number of new cases. The number of new cases diagnosed among 5–12-year-olds and young adults increased, whereas diagnoses decreased among 13–19-year-olds and 40–59-year-olds.
In 2011, Illinois was fourth in the United State for number of reported primary and secondary syphilis cases, 10th in reported gonorrhea cases, and 11th for chlamydia. In 2012, IDPH received reports of 67,701 cases of chlamydia; 18,149 cases of gonorrhea; and 803 cases of primary and secondary syphilis. Three-quarters of the reported chlamydia cases and two-thirds of the gonorrhea cases were in adolescents ages 15–19 and young adults 20–24, respectively.
Illinois provides HIV/AIDS and STD resources, including a hotline at 1–800–AID–AIDS (1–800–243–2437), IDPH’s Text 2 Survive mobile service in English and Spanish, and a Web site http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/std/ClinicsCounty.htm, which provides a list of the state’s STD diagnosis and treatment clinics.