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HIV/AIDS cases in Arizona surpasses previous peak from 1988

The Arizona Department of Health and Human Services has released its annual report on HIV and AIDS. The number of cases in the state has reached an all-time high, surpassing the previous peak from the 1980s.

The report includes data through the end of 2022. It says there were 975 new cases of HIV/AIDS in Arizona that year, compared with 852 the year before. That’s a 14% increase, and the highest total ever — eclipsing the previous high of 940 new cases in 1988.

The department also noted that there was a 19% increase in publicly funded HIV testing in 2022, with over 70,000 tests taking place.

The Hispanic population accounted for the largest number of new cases.

According to the department, there were nearly 20,000 Arizonans diagnosed with HIV/AIDS by the end of 2022.

Ignacio Ventura is a reporter for KJZZ. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in news media and society.