A total of 292 new HIV cases were reported in Minnesota in 2011, a 12 percent drop from 331 cases in 2010, according to a new report from the Minnesota Department of Health. With that said, state health officials cautioned that certain population groups have seen increases in HIV/AIDS.
"While the overall drop in cases is encouraging, it's concerning that we continue to see increases and higher rates among some of our communities." said Peter Carr, manager of the STD and HIV Section at MDH.
Notable statistics from MDH report
Getting tested for HIV and getting into treatment if infected is now more important than ever, health officials said. Infected patients in treatment have shown a 95 percent reduction in HIV transmission rates when compared to those not in treatment.
While there's no cure or vaccine fro HIV, using condoms, limiting the number of sexual partners and avoiding the sharing of needles or equipment to tattoo, body pierce or inject drugs are proven to prevent the spread of HIV.