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Hennepin County is battling a new HIV outbreak

 

Star Tribune

Pride Cleanup workers removed waste in a homeless encampment off Hiawatha Avenue on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis. Homeless people living in encampments who inject opioids or spread HIV through sexual transmission are fueling an HIV outbreak in several Minnesota counties.

Hennepin County is the midst of a new HIV outbreak fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing synthetic opioid crisis.

The most recent county statistics show 54 people have tested positive for HIV in the past two years. In a typical year, the county averages less than three people who contract the virus.

The population impacted most by the outbreak is homeless people living in encampments who inject opioids or spread HIV through sexual transmission, county officials say. Ramsey and St. Louis counties have also recorded sizable HIV outbreaks of nearly 15 cases each.

https://www.startribune.com/hennepin-county-is-battling-an-new-hiv-outbreak/600055396/

 

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