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Hundreds of new HIV cases detected in Quintana Roo

Chetumal, Q. R. — Approximately 390 new cases of HIV has been registered in the state of Quintana Roo since the beginning of the year.

Oscar Moreno Castillo of the International Council of Youth explained that the number of patients with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Quintana Roo has increased, bringing Quintana Roo into the top 10 states with the highest rate of the disease in the country.

He said from January to June of this year, the state registered 390 new cases of HIV, of which 320 were in men and 70, women. The new cases were found primarily in the southern rural areas of the state where basic education is low.

Moreno Castillo said that one of the main groups contributing to the spread of the disease are young people, those who are not yet of legal age. He explained that the new cases have been detected mostly in the far southern part of the state in small communities along the Hondo River.

Bacalar is another problem area, he noted, with new cases being found in Mayabalam and Kuchumatan.