Health leaders promote free STI testing after discovery of HIV, syphilis cluster
There were 117 HIV positive cases in MKE in 2017
7:32 PM, Mar 13, 2018
Local and state health leaders are joining forces to promote free and confidential sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing after the recent discovery of an HIV, syphilis cluster in Milwaukee. The city's biggest concern is the new numbers show the epidemic is trickling down to inner-city youth.
"There is such great hope for people with HIV," he said. "We've got medications that allow them to live within 1 year of the life expectancy of someone who's HIV negative."
The problem is what Gifford calls the 'ifs' test. If people get tested, if they receive medication and if they take it on a daily basis.
"The risk is if they don't get access to that what they would experience is disease progression and health problems and unfortunately death," Gifford said.
Preliminary data for 2017 shows there were nearly 10,000 cases of Chlamydia in Milwaukee County. That puts Milwaukee at the top of the nation for most cases per capita. 2017 preliminary results show there were 117 HIV positive cases city-wide last year.