Mississippi Battling High Instances of HIV; 300+ Cases in 2018

Mississippi Battling High Instances of HIV; 300+ Cases in 2018

New data from the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion shows that there has been an alarm­ing­ly increas­ing num­ber of STD cas­es in the U.S.

Mis­sis­sip­pi is also suf­fer­ing from its own high rate. The STD mak­ing its way around the state? HIV.

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Mis­sis­sip­pi Med­ical Cen­ter said there have been 311 new cas­es of the dis­ease so far in 2018.

The Express Health Clin­ic at the Jack­son Med­ical Mall has been fight­ing the dis­ease. Direc­tor Dr. Lean­dro Mena said there is no lie in the num­bers when treat­ing STDs. She said if peo­ple came in for care for their dis­ease, it would be help­ful. They could poten­tial­ly low­er the new infec­tion rate by 90 per­cent. How­ev­er, she said those who don’t know they’re infect­ed and spread the disease.

Mena said some drugs con­trol the virus that allows peo­ple to live longer and live a pro­duc­tive life. One such drug is PREP. She said it’s the newest, most pow­er­ful tech­nique for pre­vent­ing the spread of the HIV infec­tion to those who are neg­a­tive for the virus. Those who use it can reduce their chance of get­ting it by over 99 percent.

Mena knows that edu­ca­tion and access are the keys to pre­vent­ing STDs and HIV from spread­ing, and it begins with the youth and young adults. She rec­om­mends any­body 13 and old­er and sex­u­al­ly active to be test­ed for STDs like HIV. What­ev­er a person’s age, if some­one has mul­ti­ple part­ners, it’s a good idea to get test­ed regularly.


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