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Published December 12, 2009, 09:19 PM

Record Number Of HIV/AIDS Cases In North Dakota

The number of new HIV/AIDS cases has set a record in North Dakota.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

The number of new HIV/AIDS cases has set a record in North Dakota.

With numbers for December still to come, the state has seen 37 new cases this year. The previous record was 28 cases last year.

The state Health Department attributes much of the increase to new and faster testing procedures and to more people moving into the state whose cases were diagnosed elsewhere.

But Krissie Guerard, manager of the department's HIV/AIDS program, says it is still a matter of concern. She urges people who might have been at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS to be tested.

From 1984, near the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, through 2008, there were 441 reported cases of HIV/AIDS in North Dakota. Through 2008, 142 people had died of the disease in the state.

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