Illinois ranks 7th in HIV/AIDS cases

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Public Health says Illinois ranks seventh in the U.S. when it comes to reported AIDS cases.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Public Health says Illinois ranks seventh in the U.S. when it comes to reported AIDS cases.

Public Health officials say 38,265 cases of AIDS have been reported in Illinois since 1981. Authorities say almost 21,000 of those people have died and 50 percent of those diagnosed are black.

It’s the 30th anniversary of the start of the AIDS epidemic.

Dr. Kenneth Soyemi is the acting director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. He says a lot has been done to prevent transmission of the virus that causes AIDs, but he says more work is needed to reach the goal of zero AIDS-related deaths.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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