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HIV cases in Connecticut

(WTNH) – Health officials in Connecticut say that the number of cases of human immunodeficiency virus in that state increased by 4 percent in 2017.

Recently, the State Department of Public Health released HIV figures show that in 2017, 281 people were newly diagnosed with the virus. This is an increase of 269 cases in 2016. Almost half of the new cases concerned gay men.

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More than 10,500 people live in the state with HIV.

According to health officials, the number of HIV cases fell by 15 percent between 2013 and 2013. The largest decline was 19 percent for gay men.

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However, the number of new HIV cases increased by 57 percent of black heterosexual women over the same period of five years.

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