News Herald (Panama City, Fla.) (12.11.2013)
An article in the News Herald stated that a recent Florida Department of Health in Bay County report shows that new HIV cases in the county have nearly doubled, from 14 cases last year to 26 new cases in 2013. The department collects statistical data from January to August of each year; as of August 2013, they reported a total of 390 HIV/AIDS cases in the county. Florida is third in the nation for the highest number of HIV and AIDS cases; within the state, Bay County ranks 21st out of 67 counties. The Florida Department of Health in Bay County and Bay AIDS Services and Information Coalition (BASIC) both offer free HIV testing. For more information, contact the health department at (850) 872–4455, extension 1184; and BASIC at (850) 785–1088.