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Wed December 1, 2010
HIV cases stay steady, predominantly gay
The number of people getting newly infected with HIV has stayed steady in Washington since 2005. There are about 570 new cases a year. Most of those – 63% -- are gay and bisexual men. The Washington Department of Health says those numbers justify changes in how it distributes funding, starting in January.
The new system will focus more resources on gay and minority communities. That could mean less spending on HIV in smaller Washington counties that have fewer cases. The health department says medications have allowed more than 10,000 residents in Washington to live with HIV.