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With High HIV Rate In MD, People Urged To Get Tested

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MARYLAND - Maryland has the third highest rate of HIV among states and territories, and there's a push to raise awareness and get people tested.

According to the latest numbers from the CDC, Maryland has a rate of 30.6 cases per 100,000 people, trailing behind only Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Here on the Eastern Shore, the numbers aren't as high, with Wicomico County at 11 new cases per 100,000.

"Overwhelmingly, the incidents and prevalence of HIV cases are throughout major urban centers. We have two major urban centers which both have terribly high incidents of HIV -- in Baltimore City and Washington D.C.," Dr. James Cockey, Physician Deputy Health Officer at the Wicomico County Health Department said.

Dr. Cockey says the nation's main strategy is now focused on getting people diagnosed. The more people get treated, the lower the level of the virus in their system, making them less infectious and slowing the spread of the disease.

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