Cook County releases HIV/AIDS data

The number of Cook County residents living with the HIV virus doubled to 3,474 between 2000 and 2008, according to a report released last week by the Cook County Department of Public Health.

The data show new infections rising substantially among men, African Americans and Latinos, 20- to 29-year-olds, and among men who have sex with men.

In our special issue about HIV and AIDS in Illinois’ black community last year, we reported about the experience people living with the virus in south suburban Cook County and about the challenges providers face in trying to meet the community’s need.

We also wrote later about the Chicago Department of Public Health’s failure to release the same type of data Cook County put out last week

We saw nothing on the department’s web site to convince us that anything had changed. The call we placed this morning to the department has not been returned.

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