HIV cases have spiked the past two years in Hennepin County, Minnesota, home to Minneapolis, the state’s largest city. The outbreak centers on people who have injected drugs, experienced homelessness or transmitted HIV through sex, reports the Star Tribune.
At least 54 people have tested positive for HIV in the past two years. The typical average for the area is fewer than three new cases per year.
“While this outbreak does not compare with levels of new cases occurring in the early years of the HIV epidemic, it is one of the largest since the annual number of new cases stabilized over the past 20 years,” Allison La Pointe, MPH, senior epidemiologist for the state health department’s HIV section, told the newspaper.