Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department discusses rise in HIV cases

PARKERSBURG, W. Va. There has been a recent increase in HIV cases in the state of West Virginia.

Following the recent report of HIV cases in Cabell County, health officials say the cause of the spread is due to drug users sharing needles.

HIV patients can reduce the chances of spreading the virus as long as they stay consistent with medication.

In 2016, Pleasants County had the second highest rate of HIV cases.

"I know that what happens in Huntington and Charleston is going to happen here and we just have to be prepared and we are. We draw the blood on a regular basis, we have STD clinics twice a week and we go out to the community," said Rebecca Eaton, certified nurse practitioner and director of clinical services, Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department will be at Latrobe Street Mission on Thursday, August 22nd offering HIV testing as well as Hepatitis A vaccine.

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