December 5, 2007
(AP) A new report from the Virginia Department of Health says that more than 6,000 Virginians may not realize they're infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
The report also says there are nearly 18,600 additional people in Virginia living with HIV. The health department last week released its 2008 Comprehensive HIV Prevention Plan with a report detailing the distribution of HIV and AIDS in Virginia.
The diagnosed cases of HIV or AIDS in the state has decreased from nearly 1,600 to just under 1,200 between 1997 and 2006. But the number of people living with HIV in Virginia has steadily increased, largely because treatment advances are helping people live longer.