State Estimates 68,000 Texans Living With HIV

VICTORIA (AP) – An estimated 68,000 Texans have the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS, about an 8 percent increase over the past two years.

That’s according to numbers from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Victoria Advocate reports about 4,200 people tested positive for HIV over the past few years. The health department says about a third of those diagnosed with HIV in Texas between 2003 and 2009 had a late diagnosis, meaning they got an AIDS diagnosis within a year of their first positive HIV test.

The health department says the largest number of HIV-positive patients treated in Victoria County were male, Hispanic, between ages 45 and 64 living in the city of Victoria.

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