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New cases prompt Navajo Nation AIDS program

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THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2003

The Navajo Nation has started an AIDS prevention and education program in response to rising rates of HIV infection and AIDS cases on the reservation.

Health officials said the new cases are occurring within the reservation population. Previously, tribal members with HIV had become infected elsewhere, usually in an urban area.

According to The Albuquerque Journal, there have been 151 cases of HIV tracked on the reservation. There are 49 active cases today.

Health officials on the reservation are also reporting a rise in syphilis. There have been 34 reported cases in the past two years, compared with nine in 2000 and two in 1999.

Get the Story:
HIV Takes Root in Navajo Nation (The Albuquerque Journal 3/27)
Alternate Link: HIV Takes Root in Navajo Nation (The Albuquerque Journal 3/27) Syphilis outbreak reported on Navajo Nation (The Farmington Daily Times 3/27)
Syphilis outbreak on rez is from big cities, doc says (The Gallup Independent 3/26)

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