Iowa Sees Most New HIV Cases in 2016 Since Testing Began in 1980’s
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Public Health saw more new HIV diagnoses than any year on record in 2016. But health officials say that isn't necessarily all bad news. 136 Iowans were diagnosed with HIV last year. That is the most since records for testing for the disease began in 1989. Health officials say the spike in diagnoses doesn't necessarily mean the disease is being spread more. Instead they credit an increase in testing brought on by an increase in those covered by health insurance.