The number of new HIV and AIDS cases reported in Nebraska last year is down slightly from the year before.
According to the state Department of Health and Human Services, the number of new cases last year was 81. That is down from 89 new cases the year before.
Among age groups, 25-44 year olds have the most cases, but that number is by nearly one third. At the same time, 13-24 year olds saw a 60 percent increase in new AIDS and HIV cases from the year before.
More than half of last year’s new cases is due to men having sex with men, according to self-reported reasons.
Among racial/ethnic groups, black Nebraskans experienced the greatest decline in new HIV and AIDS cases – from 29 to 16. The American Indian/Native American category experienced a 400% increase – going from one case in 2014 to five cases last year.
While there were nine new cases of women diagnosed with the virus or disease in 2014, the number climbed to 13 last year.
Heterosexual contact was the risk behavior self-reported by four women last year. One reported she got the disease by injection drug use. The other eight did not provide a risk behavior.