SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (WOAI) - An alarming increase in the number of people in Bexar County infected with HIV.
San Antonio Metro Health reports an increase in the rate of HIV infections over the last decade.
HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. According to metro health the number of people infected with HIV increased 11 percent in 2013.
This is the 4th straight year that number has gone up. In fact, data numbers show since 2006 that number has increased by 62 percent in Bexar County.
Officials with San Antonio Metro Health believe the rise in HIV cases is a result of more testing happening in our communities and that they're catching the cases more often.
Data shows the rate is 9.3 times higher in men compared to women, specifically men between the ages of 20 and 34 years old.
Metro Health along with the San Antonio Aids Foundation offers the simple 60 second HIV test that is the prick of a finger.
Metro Health officials say on the upside they are seeing a drop in the number of people with sexually transmitted diseases.
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