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 2013, 301 new cases of HIV were reported in Minnesota. The 301 new cases represent a 4% decrease from 2012.

STEADILY INCREASING NUMBER LIVING WITH HIV IN MINNESOTA
As of December 31, 2013, 7,723 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. The numbers are particularly high among gay and bisexual men (ages 20-34).

Of the 76 adolescent and young adult males newly infected with HIV in 2013, 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 2013, 39% of newly reported cases of HIV resided in Minneapolis, 10% in Saint Paul, 32% in Twin Cities’ suburbs, and 19% in Greater Minnesota.

The Twin Cities’ suburbs experienced a 22% increase in new infections in 2013.

DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT ON COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
Disproportionately impacted communities include African Americans, with 24% of newly diagnosed cases yet making up only 4% of the state’s population, African-born persons with 14% of newly diagnosed cases yet only make up 1% of population.

Foreign born persons made up nearly 1 in 5 of the new HIV infections in 2013, and 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 73% of the new cases among women in 2013, with African-born and African American most disproportionally impacted.

LATE TESTERS
Nearly 1 in 3 (29.6%) are being tested in later stages of their infection, missing years of beneficial treatment and virus suppression.

 

HIV statistics current as of April 30, 2014; courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Health.

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