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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


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Public News Service - MN: HIV/AIDS Prevention

IMAGE: This Sunday (12/1) is World AIDS Day. While infection rates have plateaued statewide and nationally, there are some indicators that could point to trouble ahead for Minnesota.

MINNEAPOLIS – This Sunday marks the observance of World AIDS Day and it comes at a time when there are rising concerns in Minnesota. David Kurtzon, program manager of Teenwise Minnesota, says the rate of new HIV cases has pretty much plateaued locally, but that could change as fewer young pe

PHOTO: Minnesota's teen birth rate is the lowest on record, but new concerns are emerging about less condom use and more STDs among teens. Photo credit: Mrs. Flinger.

ST PAUL, Minn. - The teen birth rate is down in Minnesota, but another important concern about adolescent sexual health is emerging. Jill Farris with Teenwise Minnesota said condom use by teens has plateaued nationwide - and statewide, it's actually on the decline. "A lot of other trends seem to be

PHOTO: CREDIT: Mike Mantin.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The number of reportable sexually transmitted diseases in the state continues to rise. According to new data from the Minnesota Department of Health, the number of cases last year rose 10 percent to more than 21,000. Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger says STDs are a pub

PHOTO:  CREDIT: Daquella Manera

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Teens in juvenile detention settings in Minnesota are among the most at-risk for pregnancy or a sexually-transmitted disease, but new efforts are making a difference. According to David Kurtzon, program manager at Teenwise Minnesota, one such program that's having a positive impact

PHOTO: The number of chlamydia cases in the state has doubled in the past decade, reaching a record high 17-thousand in 2011. CREDIT: jnissa

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota's efforts to reduce the cases of chlamydia are taking shape, with a variety of stakeholders coming together on a statewide strategy. That strategy is now in place and work under way in the battle against the most-reported infectious disease in Minnesota. The number of c

IMAGE: The average age that a child is forced into the sex trade in the U.S. is 13 and more and more often, the transactions are taking place over the Internet. CREDIT: John Michaelson

ST. PAUL, Minn. - When it comes to the thousands of girls across Minnesota who are at risk of ending up in the sex trade, early intervention can change their course in life. University of Minnesota researcher Lauren Martin is author of a report on how reaching these vulnerable girls before it's too

IMAGE: World AIDS Day is Saturday. In Minnesota, a new person is diagnosed with HIV on average every 30 hours. Credit: Cynthia Goldsmith, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Tomorrow (Saturday) is World AIDS Day as people from Minnesota and across the globe look to past successes in fighting the virus, and also to the challenges ahead. Bill Tiedemann, executive director of the Minnesota AIDS Project ,says a lot of progress has been made in the

IMAGE: Scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1. Credit: Cynthia Goldsmith, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The number of teenagers engaging in oral sex is falling, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, which is is providing parents a chance to have "the talk" with their children. Still, about one in three will have engaged in that activity by the time they reac

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