Almería ranked second in regional Aids tally

Province trails only Málaga in highest incidence of HIV infection in Andalucía, although virus under control in majority of sufferers

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An Aids day stand displaying condoms with the message ‘Just in case...always’

By Emma Randle

Around one in every 10,000 people in Almería has the HIV virus, according to figures released for World Aids Day last week, making it the province with the second highest number of cases in the region after Málaga.

Nearly 70 new cases were identified in the province last year, along with 18 new cases of Aids – the condition that develops when HIV has caused serious damage to the immune system. The average incidence of HIV in Andalucía is just over seven out of every 100,000 people, dropping to 2.2 in Jaen.

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