April 30, 2006 - Posted at 12:57 p.m. CST
EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) _ Union County health officials say the
county saw a rise last year in the number of residents with the
H-I-V virus that causes AIDs, or with full-blown AIDs.
The South Arkansas Fights AIDS group says state Health Division
figures show six new cases of AIDS and eleven new cases of the
virus that causes AIDS were confirmed for Union County by the end
The county has a rate of 13-point-five cases per 100-thousand
people -- among the highest rates in the state, along with Desha,
Lincoln and Pulaski counties. Group director Sue
Worsham says testing and education are key to reducing the numbers
and stopping the spread of the disease.