Health

Navajo Nation sees big jump in number of new HIV diagnoses





The number of new HIV cases on the Navajo Nation has more than doubled in the last decade.

In 2000, the Indian Health Service saw about 15 new diagnoses a year. But the agency saw 40 cases in 2009 and 35 cases in 2010.

"These figures are very alarming," Dr. Jonathan Iralu, an infectious disease consultant for the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, told The Farmington Daily Times.

In response to the rise in cases, the IHS is expanding services and offering voluntary HIV tests at facilities on the reservation.

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HIV cases surging on the Nation (The Farmington Daily Times 3/21)