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HIV in young people rising in Maryland

HIV in young people rising in Maryland

As the rate of HIV cases among young people rises in Maryland, public health officials are scrambling for new ways to address the problem — or risk undermining years of success. Among those newly diagnosed with HIV statewide, the proportion of those ages 20 to 29 nearly doubled — from 16 percent in 2003 to 31 percent in 2012, the most recent data available. The proportion of infected teens increased at about the same pace. The situation in Maryland reflects what is happening around the country, and if the trend is not reversed, it could yield tragic consequences, health officials say. For one thing, the spread will continue. And experts believe many young people don't...