The Connecticut health authorities say the number of cases of human immunodeficiency virus in the state increased by 4 percent in 2017.
The Department of State Public Health has recently published HIV figures, which show that 281 people were diagnosed again with the virus in 2017. This went from 269 cases in 2016. Almost half of the new cases were homosexual men .
More than 10,500 people in the state live with HIV.
Health officials say that, despite the increase, there was a 15% drop in the new HIV cases from 2013 to 2017. The biggest decrease was 19% among homosexual men.
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However, there was a 57 percent increase in new HIV cases among black heterosexual women during the same five-year period.
Information on HIV and prevention is available at http://positivepreventionct.org/.