Selma Times-Journal (02.01.2014)
The Selma Times-Journal reported that a new study shows a decrease in HIV cases in Alabama overall, but an increase in Dallas County. According to the study, conducted by Auburn University’s Montgomery Center for Demographic Research, the state recorded 12.27 HIV cases per 100,000 people in 2012—down by 1.5 percent from 2011. However, the same study showed that Dallas County ranked fourth in HIV cases, with 23.33 new diagnoses per 100,000 people. Janice Robbins, HIV program coordinator for the Alabama Department of Public Health, believes increasing awareness and decreasing stigma will help to lower the rate of HIV transmission. “We will have to provide more HIV/AIDS education. That’s what we would have to do. Not just the health department, I mean people, the community, and leaders,” she said. For more information about HIV/AIDS, contact Robbins at (334) 874–2250.