ABC FOX Montana (01.16.2014)
ABC FOX Montana reported that the Montana state health department said that two areas — Missoula and Kalispell — recorded eight new HIV diagnoses in the past three months. Montana recorded 22 cases in all of 2013. Health officials claim the increase is because HIV-infected individuals have had multiple sex partners and urge the public to know the sexual history of partners and to always use condoms, which also prevent pregnancy and the spread of other STDs. Laurie Kops, with the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, said, "HIV is not a death sentence anymore, but if you know anyone who's on HIV meds, it's just not a piece of cake, it's pretty toxic to your system, it causes a lot of other side effects." State officials assert that funding has dropped from $1.2 million to about $700,000 in the past two years because CDC has given more funding to larger cities and less to smaller areas.