Health Notes: Tuesday is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness DayTuesday marks National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Minnesota and nationwide.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
Tuesday marks National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Minnesota and nationwide.
In a news release, the Minnesota Department of Health said the incidence of HIV is increasing American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. Those groups have the fourth-highest rate of new HIV infections in the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
In Minnesota, 217 cases of HIV infection have been reported among American Indians and 96 of them have died, said Peter Carr, manager of the sexually transmitted diseases and HIV section for the health department. As of 2010, 188 American Indians were living with HIV in Minnesota.
To mark the day, free HIV testing is being offered on Tuesday at special events in Minneapolis and Mahnomen. Although there are no special events in the Northland, free HIV testing is offered at the LSS Wellness Center, 104 W. First St. in Duluth, (218) 733-1383, for those ages 13-24; at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Superior office, 1507 Tower Ave., Suite 230 (second floor), (715) 394-4009, for at-risk individuals who are Wisconsin residents; and at the Douglas County Health Department Public Health Nursing Division, 1316 N. 14th St., Superior, (715) 395-1304.