Monday, June 27, 2016

Mississippi ranks ninth in AIDs cases

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following press release:

Mississippi Has Ninth Highest Diagnosis Rate in U.S.

JACKSON, Miss. – Recent statistics show that Mississippi has the ninth highest HIV diagnosis rate in the U.S. Additionally, black men account for 80 percent of the newly diagnosed cases.

Today is National HIV Testing Day, and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reminds Mississippians that getting tested is the first step in preventing the spread of HIV disease. Testing enables individuals with HIV to become aware of their status and get immediate access to medical care and treatment.

“HIV is treatable, but early diagnosis is the key.  Effective HIV treatments are available that reduce transmission and allow for a long, healthy life,” said Dr. Thomas Dobbs, MSDH State Epidemiologist.

“Transmission of HIV is preventable by knowing your status, getting treatment, disclosing your status to all sexual partners, and using condoms correctly and consistently, or abstaining from sex,” said Dobbs.

The Centers for Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States, and one in eight of those are unaware of their infection.

In Mississippi, the burden of HIV is also disproportionately high for men who have sex with men. Among men whose risk factor for HIV is known, the majority reported having male-to-male sexual contact. Young adults aged 20-29 represented the majority (45 percent) of newly diagnosed cases in 2015.

The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV as part of routine health care and that people at high risk (such as men who have sex with men, those with multiple sex partners, injection drug users) be tested more often.

HIV testing is free and confidential at all MSDH county health department clinics. To find a testing location near you, text your zip code to KNOWIT (566948) or visit

For more information about HIV, visit the MSDH website at

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Anonymous said...

Finally....something for which we aren't in last place!! (Do you think there just might be a correlation between THIS statistic and those related to income, educational achievements, etc.?)

Anonymous said...

There are consequences for sin on earth as in heaven.

Anonymous said...

The report on WAPT several weeks ago said Mississippi was the leading state with the number of HIV cases. I think your article got the facts wrong.

Anonymous said...

The WAPT story referred to men between 18 and 25 only, I think.

Anonymous said...

Please know your facts, HIV is the virus. AIDS is the syndrome.

Anonymous said...

4:10 They both have the same ICD10 diagnosis code (B20). And no one commenting here used the term "AIDS" at all. If you have a problem with the state epidemiologist I suggest you contact him, not bore us. He's leaving the job in a few days/weeks so better hurry and talk down to a board-certified infectious disease doctor before he leaves.


Anonymous said...

Just saw where Ms. is now the most dangerous state in the U.S. We are #1, no more of this last place stuff.

Anonymous said...

(Do you think there just might be a correlation between THIS statistic and those related to income, educational achievements, etc.?)

10:59 AM statements like this strike me as totally ignorant--down right STUPID--to say the lest.
Do you have to excuse away every bad behavior?
Do you mean the less money you have the more your out on the streets sexing it up? OR does having a college degree make one have immunity against an STD?
I have a neighbor who does not think twice about going down to the gas station and bring back a girl he just met--have sex then she leaves. I have even said something about the STD problem in MS to him. He could not care less. He thinks he is "manly". This is one of many examples.
These people are not thinking with their education or pocket book/wallet.
What I see is a direct correlation between the complete lack of ANY morals being instilled and an everything is acceptable attitude (do what makes you happy/feel good) and a total lack of consequences for out of control behavior and the unbelievable mess we see all around today (we are #1 in teen pregnancy also).
If ONLY more money.... if ONLY more education.... if ONLY......
STOP MAKING EXCUSES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

As long as there is anyone that can be blamed for the wrongs another person does we will see things get worse.
If one day people have to step up and accept they are the only one that is to blame for their problems we might see a decrease in many crimes.
Right now there are too many pointing fingers at others. One main thing to remember. There is a lot of money to be made by blaming others for problems people bring on themselves. The tax payers are paying more and more for the opportunity to be blamed for something another person does.

Anonymous said...

I am sure there will be a way to blame this on caucasians too...



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