Doctors looking into new clusters of HIV cases in San Antonio
Doctors are examining rapidly growing clusters of new HIV cases here in San Antonio.
Specialists at UT Health San Antonio say the cases here are affecting young Hispanic men and other minority groups.
The CDC says the state of Texas has one of the highest infection rates in the country.
“There have been 16 clusters identified in the state,” said Dr. Wari Allison, an infectious disease specialist at UT Health San Antonio. “There are six in San Antonio."
Allison says a similar genetic code in the virus is linking the clusters.
"There is one of the clusters that is the largest cluster 51 that's 27 cases,” said Allison.
Over the past three years, doctors say Bexar County has seen a 12 percent rise in new cases
“A third of those cases are in youth age 15 to 24 years old," said Allison.
Due to advances in treatment, doctors say HIV isn't the death sentence it once was.
"Somebody newly diagnosed with HIV today who's put on medication has almost the same life expectancy as someone without HIV as long as they're taking their medication," said Allison.
Doctors say testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases is easy and free of charge.
Testing can take place at the following places:
SA Aids Foundation
333 S Hackberry St, San Antonio, TX 78203
Metropolitan Health Department
512 East Highland
San Antonio, TX 78210
3750 Commercial Ave
San Antonio, TX 78221