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HIV Infections, AIDS-Related Deaths Decrease in Rhode Island
Rhode Island continues to see a decline in the number of new HIV infections, with 1999 showing the lowest number of new cases in 11 years, the Providence Journal reports. In 1999, only 87 new HIV cases were diagnosed in the state. The number of state residents dying from AIDS-related complications is also declining -- 30 people died from such infections in 1999, the lowest number since 1986, according to the state health department. Rhode Island, however, is one of only four states where the majority of HIV cases are contracted through intravenous drug use. To read the full feature story on the residents of the House of Compassion, a home in rural Cumberland, R.I., for people with HIV/AIDS, enter http://www.projo.com/cgi-bin/story.pl/blackstone/05186472.htm into your Web browser (Levitz/Osmundson, Providence Journal, 3/25).
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