Minnesota HIV Statistics

The following are some key statistics and talking points on HIV in Minnesota.

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ONE NEW HIV INFECTION REPORTED NEARLY EVERY DAY IN MINNESOTA
In 2014, 307 new cases of HIV were reported in Minnesota. The 307 new cases represent a 2% increase from 2013.

STEADILY INCREASING NUMBER LIVING WITH HIV IN MINNESOTA
As of December 31, 2014, 7,988 people are known to be living with HIV in Minnesota. It is not known how many other Minnesotans are living with HIV, but have not yet been tested.

DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT ON GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN OF ALL RACES
Gay and bisexual men of all races and ethnicities continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV in Minnesota (67% of male cases). The numbers are particularly high among young gay and bisexual men (ages 20-29 account for 31% of new cases).

Of the 49 adolescent and young adult males newly infected with HIV in 2014, nearly all of them reported male to male sexual contact or male to male sexual contact along with injecting drug use as risk factors.

HIV HEAVILY CONCENTRATED IN SEVEN COUNTY METRO AREA
In 2014, 32% of newly reported cases of HIV resided in Minneapolis, 14% in Saint Paul, 40% in Twin Cities’ suburbs, and 14% in Greater Minnesota.

DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT ON COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
Disproportionately impacted communities include African Americans, with 20% of newly diagnosed cases yet making up only 4% of the state’s population, African-born persons with 17% of newly diagnosed cases yet only make up 1% of population.

Foreign born persons make up nearly 1 in 5 of the new HIV infections in 2014. They also progress from HIV to AIDS more quickly than U.S. born persons living with HIV in Minnesota.

DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT ON WOMEN OF COLOR
Women of color made up 80% of the new cases among women in 2014, with African-born and African American most disproportionally impacted.

HIV CASES ATTRIBUTED TO INJECTION DRUG USE LOW IN MN
Injecting drug use accounted for 2% of new infections in 2014. Minnesota’s support of syringe exchange programs for injecting drug users raises awareness of HIV risk in sharing needles and gives users the knowledge and tools to reduce that risk.

 

 

HIV statistics current as of April 30, 2015; courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Health.

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