flusurveillanceWe recently published our HIV/AIDS Integrated Epidemiologic Profile, which includes data from 2009-2012 and contains information about comorbidity of HIV with other infectious diseases like tuberculosis, valley fever, and some STDs.  In comparison to other states, Arizona’s case count is average.  As of 2013, 15,798 people in Arizona were living with HIV/AIDS and 730 Arizonans were newly diagnosed.  Most of Arizona’s HIV cases (86 percent) are male, and 62 percent of our cases are between the ages of 40 and 55. About half of our cases are white non-Hispanic.  In the past decade, our rates for newly diagnosed HIV cases have been dropping from 25.2 cases per 100,000 in 1990 to 9.6 cases per 100,000 in 2012.

Although there is no cure for HIV, treatment can increase one’s life expectancy to near the national average.  Treatment has also been shown to significantly reduce the chances of spreading the disease.  In Arizona, 40% of cases are successfully controlling their infection with treatment.