Polly Carver-Kimm - IA Department of Public Health
The Iowa HIV Disease End-of-Year 2017 Surveillance Report finds that while the 125 Iowans diagnosed with HIV in 2017 was the second highest number on record, it was down from the 137 diagnoses in 2016. “The high number of diagnoses may be an indication people at risk for HIV are responding to increased outreach and are getting tested,” said IDPH Bureau of HIV, STD and Hepatitis Data Manager Nicole Kolm-Valdivia. “If that’s the case, it’s a positive sign.”
Black/African American and Latino Iowans continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV. Though African Americans make up 3 percent of Iowa’s population and Latinos comprise 6 percent of the population, they account for 30 and 13 percent of the state’s HIV diagnoses, respectively. Men who have sex with men (MSM) is the leading exposure category for HIV; 56 percent of people diagnosed in 2017 were MSM.