State HIV rate declines in 2010

There were 331 new cases of HIV in 2010, down from 370 in 2009.

Kathryn Elliott

 Reports of HIV cases in Minnesota dropped in 2010, but still hovers above the ten-year average, according to a new Minnesota Department of Health report released Tuesday.

There were 331 new HIV cases in the state in 2010, down from 370 in 2009. Minnesota sees just more than 300 HIV cases per year for the past decade.

Not one of Boynton Health ServiceâÄôs free HIV tests came back positive in 2010, Boynton spokesman Dave Golden said.

That doesnâÄôt mean University students donâÄôt have HIV, Golden said. Out of a survey of 6,000 students, .1 percent self-reported a positive diagnosis of HIV in the last year, though they werenâÄôt diagnosed at the University.

âÄú[The University] is a small drop in the bucket, when it comes to overall cases,âÄù Golden said.

The stateâÄôs single year decrease, âÄúdoesnâÄôt tell the whole story,âÄù according to a press release statement from Peter Carr, the manager of the state health departmentâÄôs HIV and STD division.

Carr said as the health department looks at the new data, itâÄôs focusing on where the disease is concentrated. In Minnesota, 86 percent of new cases cropped up in the Twin Cities metropolitan area âÄî with a 16 percent increase in Minneapolis from last year.

The report estimates that more than 6,800 people in Minnesota currently live with HIV/AIDS.

 Read the preliminary report on the MDH website.