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Some HIV cases may be linked to homeless person, officials say

WCVB Boston logo WCVB Boston 5/19/2018

State health officials are warning about a significant increase in HIV cases in Hillsborough County linked to the drug crisis and one person in particular.

Health officials said a homeless person in Manchester who was recently diagnosed with HIV is believed to be sharing needles with others. The Division of Public Health Services is working with the city of Manchester to determine who might have shared needles with the person.

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Officials said 46 people have been diagnosed with HIV from January 2017 to last month. Eleven of them reported injecting drugs, and a majority lived in Hillsborough County at the time they were diagnosed.

"So, about 1 in 4 new HIV infections in New Hampshire reported to us in the last year have reported injection drug use," said Beth Daly, chief of the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control. "This is an increase over the last few years."

Officials are urging people to not use previously used needles. Needle exchange programs are listed on the bureau's website.


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