HIV/AIDS News - Minnesota Dept. of Health


Current topics in the news regarding human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

2015 STD Surveillance Statistics
Graphs, tables and text that describe trends in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Minnesota. Includes data on: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and Chancroid.

News Release: Syphilis rates rise among women in Minnesota
Health officials are concerned over a jump in syphilis cases among Minnesota women. Preliminary data for 2015 show syphilis cases in women were up 63 percent compared to 2014. The increase is occurring primarily among women of child-bearing age in all racial and ethnic groups, including pregnant women.

Health Advisory: Syphilis Testing of ALL Pregnant Women (PDF)
Minnesota is seeing a significant increase of infectious and latent syphilis cases among women of all racial and ethnic groups. Eighty percent of all cases in women are concentrated in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and twenty percent in Greater Minnesota. Native American women have the largest increase of 750 percent.

HIV Prevention Request for Proposals (RFP) 2017: Upcoming Changes
There will be no HIV prevention RFP released this year (2016).
MDH will extend its currently funded HIV prevention grantees through December 31, 2017.

Epidemiological Profile of HIV/AIDS in Minnesota
The epidemiological (epi) profile presents data on the HIV epidemic in the state of Minnesota.
Updated 12/2015

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part B Proposal Information: Updated
On October 2, 2015, Commissioner Edward Ehlinger of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Commissioner Lucinda Jesson of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) issued a joint letter (PDF) announcing the decision to set aside the proposal for now and maintain the current organizational structures in place at DHS and MDH.

Dear Colleague Letter: STD Treatment Guideline Update - MN Dept of Health (PDF)
Overview of the updated CDC Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 9/2015

CDC supports the new World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on when to start antiretroviral therapy and on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV
This early-release guideline makes available two key recommendations that were developed during the revision process in 2015. First, antiretroviral therapy (ART) should be initiated in everyone living with HIV at any CD4 cell count. Second, the use of daily oral PrEP is recommended as a prevention choice for people at substantial risk of HIV infection as part of combination prevention approaches. 

Health officials urging men who have sex with men (MSM) to seek meningococcal vaccination following death of man from meningococcal meningitis
Meningococcal outbreaks among MSM have occurred in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles. July 2015

CDC Health Advisory: Ciprofloxacin- and Azithromycin-Nonsusceptible Shigellosis in the United States

Most cases have been reported among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in Illinois, Minnesota, and Montana and among international travelers, but cases are also occurring among other populations. Shigellosis is very contagious and can spread quickly through communities and across different segments of the population. June 2015

2015 STD Treatment Guidelines available from CDC

Guidelines for the treatment of persons who have or are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have been updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Minnesota Treatment Cascade for People Living with HIV/AIDS
As part of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States, MDH has calculated an HIV treatment cascade using HIV surveillance data. These calculations help us better understand the HIV epidemic and the disparities that exist in the delivery of care among HIV positive people in Minnesota.
April 2015

CDC Video: 9 in 10 new US HIV infections come from people not receiving HIV care
Video from the CDC on the importance of getting those unaware of their status in to care

Shigellosis Fact Sheet for Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)

MDH has observed an increase in reported shigellosis infections in Minneapolis among men who have sex with men (MSM). Four (4) cases were diagnosed in November among white, non-Hispanic, MSM. Sexual contact is the likely route of transmission.

MMWRs from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

HIV/AIDS among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Minnesota
Men who have sex with men (MSM) and men who have sex with men and use injection drugs (MSM/IDU) remain at increased risk for HIV infection in MN.

Minnesota Chlamydia Strategy: Action Plan to Reduce and Prevent Chlamydia in Minnesota
The Minnesota Chlamydia Partnership (MCP) presents the Strategy for Reducing and Preventing Chlamydia in Minnesota, the first-ever action plan to address the epidemic of chlamydia

Assessment of Minnesota HIV/AIDS Prevention Services for Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Other Men who Have Sex with Men (MSM)

Minnesota African/African-American Women HIV Initiative (MAAAH)
MAAAH was formed to establish Black women as a funding priority in the State of Minnesota, address the issue of lack of services specific to Black women and youth, and to ensure sustainability of services for Black women.

STD Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) information

CDC National HIV Incidence Estimates: Frequently Asked Questions

CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)
This issue of MMWR describes the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States and notes important successes and current challenges in the prevention of HIV. Also includes the summary Twenty-Five Years of HIV/AIDS - United States, 1981-2006.

MDH HIV Subtype and Drug Resistance Surveillance
MDH, STD, HIV and TB Section and Public Health Laboratory have incorporated HIV drug resistance and subtype surveillance into routine HIV surveillance.

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