Navajo Nation, border towns see boost in new HIV/AIDS cases

The Navajo Nation and border communities in New Mexico are seeing a disproportionate increase in new HIV/AIDS cases, according to doctors and experts.

The Navajo Nation has 264 people living with AIDS. Gallup, a town near the reservation, and Shiprock, a reservation community near Farmington, have seen the largest increase in new cases, according to the tribe's Division of Health.

Only two doctors treat cases on and near the reservation. Edward Kompare serves about 35 patients, Navajo and non-Navajo, while Colin McCreight treats patients for the Indian Health Service.

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Living with AIDS in northwest New Mexico (The Farmington Daily Times 12/2)

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