AIDS education helps place state ranking at 32 in reported cases

Arkansas ranks number 32 highest in the nation for reported AIDS cases, according to information garnered by the Center for Disease Control and compiled by KAIT 8 Thursday in acknowledgment of World AIDS Awareness Day.

An even more frightening statistic: According to the CDC’s 2010 report, more than 1.1 million Americans living with the disease don’t know they have it.

Jared Pulver, a disease intervention specialist with the Arkansas Department of Health, attributed the low number to a statewide push for education which includes a two-day conference hosted by Arkansas State University that began yesterday and continues until 3 p.m. today.

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