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HIV cases down in Maryland, U.S.

HIV cases down in Maryland, U.S.

HIV infections in the United States have fallen for several years, and few places have seen a bigger drop than Maryland, according to new estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cases in the state dropped an average of 7.5 percent per year from 2008 to 2014. That was more than twice the national decline of 3.6 percent per year.

Public health officials attributed the progress to education campaigns, a push to get high-risk people tested and treated, drugs that block infection and, most notably, needle exchange programs in Baltimore.

"The impact of syringe exchanges has been enormous," said Jeffrey Hitt, director of the Infectious...