NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – In the month of January, Lowcountry AIDS Services recorded the most positive HIV tests in agency history.
Of those who came in for a free HIV test in January, seven tested positive for HIV. Underscoring the issue that HIV is disproportionately impacting youth, all seven of those people were under the age of 30.
In all of 2017, 20 people tested positive for HIV at Lowcountry AIDS Services – again there were seven positive cases in just the month of January 2018.
The agency tests an average of 130 people each month.
Confidential and free HIV tests are available to anyone in the tri-county area.
In addition, LAS also reported a higher number of syphilis cases in January 2018. Of those who were tested for syphilis last month, 20 percent tested positive. That is a 5 percent increase from the 2017 overall positive syphilis rate of 15 percent.
Syphilis tests are available for free to any gay or bisexual men.Keep checking counton2.com for real-time updates on this story. To get breaking news alerts, download the free News 2 App for iPhone or Android. You can also sign up for email alerts.