New report released today indicates HIV outbreak in people who inject drugs in King County appears to be over, though population’s vulnerability persists

While the decrease in new cases is welcome news, much can still be done to lower risk for HIV transmission and assure that those who are HIV-positive are able to live healthy lives. Early diagnosis is critical to get people on treatment and virally suppressed. In King County, 85% of people with an HIV diagnosis are virally suppressed. People with virally suppressed HIV generally feel well and are unable to spread the virus to others.

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6 Things You Don’t Know (But Should) about STIs

This blog comes to us courtesy of its author, McKenna Princing, and was originally published on Right as Rain by UW Medicine. QUICK READ | Demystifying sexually transmitted infections -STIS are on the rise in the United States.-Many STIs don’t cause symptoms.-STIs can infect someone’s throat, not just their genitals.-Some STIs, especially gonorrhea, are becoming […]

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The state of HIV in King County

On the heels of this month’s World AIDS Day, this week we released our annual HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Report, a joint effort between Public Health – Seattle & King County and the Washington State Department of Health. The report summarizes HIV epidemiological data and prevention efforts for our region in 2018. Below, we’ve outlined key highlights about […]

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Local high school students boost cancer-preventing vaccinations for HPV

High school students from across King County are carrying a powerful health message to their peers. They are talking about human papillomavirus (HPV), the cancers it can cause, and why it is so important for teens to get vaccinated against HPV. The HPV Vaccine Champion Summit, recently hosted by Public Health – Seattle & King […]

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An update on the increased HIV risk among people who inject drugs in King County

As the Insider reported last summer, there has been an unusual increase in the number of HIV infections among people who inject drugs in King County. A new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report article describes the increase in detail, and we summarize some of the key findings below: In 2018, a total of 30 women […]

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