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Florida Leads Nation In Number Of New HIV Cases

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Associated Press

New data just released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Florida now leads the nation in the number of new HIV cases. The CDC says that number for 2019 stood at nearly 4,400.

Thesame report shows the Sunshine State has 23.7 cases overallper 100,000 people. That’s compared to 13.2 for all of the U.S.

Dr. Mohammed Reza, the medical director for CAN Community Health’s Jacksonville clinic, said while HIV numbers are always a concern, the reality is they’ve been declining for several years in Florida. But more work needs to be done.

Read the rest of this story from WJCT News partner News4Jax.