Anti-AIDS Group in Union County Concerned With Rise in Cases

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

of 2005.

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.

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