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Dramatic Surge Seen in Local HIV Cases
 Seattle Times (06.04.03)::Warren King

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      HIV infections among gay men have increased dramatically
 over the past two years in King County, Wash., and health
 officials are renewing their pleas for caution and vigilance
 against the disease. A new analysis shows HIV infections
 diagnosed in public health clinics jumped 40 percent last year
 and are projected to increase by another 60 percent this year.
 "It's the most dramatic increase since the beginning of the
 epidemic" more than 20 years ago, said Dr. Bob Wood, director of
 AIDS control for Public Health - Seattle and King County.
      Decreased fears of the disease, based on the availability of
 new drugs, have combined with safe sex message burnout to cause
 riskier sexual behavior. Gay and bisexual men comprise about 85
 percent of the cumulative AIDS cases in King County.

    


      Health officials based their analysis on HIV test results
 from public clinics beginning in 2000. The clinics generally see
 patients who have high infection risks, so increases in private
 clinics likely are fewer, Wood said. Officials estimate 400 to
 500 new HIV infections in King County each year.
      The health department and community-based HIV organizations
 are urging gay men to be tested for the virus, disclose their
 status to sexual partners, and practice safe sex. The health
 department has begun a pilot project offering a new rapid HIV
 test that gives results in 20 minutes. "We need to take HIV out
 of the closet. It's the responsibility of all guys who are
 sexually active to be talking about it. And don't be afraid to
 talk about it if you have it," said Jack Johnston, program
 coordinator for Positive Power, a group that helps HIV-positive
 men.

    


       Wood estimated about 8,400 King County residents are living
 with HIV, compared to 7,500 two years ago. About 3,000 have AIDS.
 "I think a lot of my friends who have died would be rolling over
 in their graves about now," said Wood, who has battled AIDS for
 years but is now relatively healthy. "I think they would say to
 the community, 'Don't you guys care? Did I have to die for
 nothing?'"