CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago health officials say new HIV diagnoses in the city have been steadily declining over the past 13 years.
The Chicago Department of Public Health released a new report Monday to coincide with World AIDS Day. The report cites a 41 percent decline in new HIV cases since 2001. The decline sent the number of HIV diagnoses in 2013 down to 1,091.
Dr. Bechara Choucair heads the city’s health department. He says the city is “doing a better job identifying and diagnosing HIV-positive individuals earlier.” Choucair says that means getting people connected with the care they need so they can “live long, healthy lives.”
This year, the city’s health department allocated about $36 million to more than 60 local agencies to provide HIV prevention, care and housing services.