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Confirmed HIV cases in one West Virginia county reach 44

By BISHOP NASH

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  — Cabell County’s active HIV cluster is now at 44 confirmed cases — up from 28 in March — according to the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, and health officials are encouraging increased HIV testing statewide.

The disease has spread primarily among the county’s population of intravenous drug users. There are an estimated 1,800 active IV drug users in Cabell County, according to a recent survey by Johns Hopkins University.

Cabell County’s is currently the only HIV cluster in West Virginia, though the state Department of Health and Human Resources is now calling for increased HIV testing statewide.

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