Published in AIDS Weekly, February 1st, 1999
Illinois counties reported 569 AIDS deaths in 1997, down 52 percent from 1,186 deaths in 1996. The death toll has not been that low since 1988, when 500 deaths were reported. Statistics for 1998 are predicted for availability in Fall 1999.
"The decline signals that medical advancements made in the past couple of years are having a dramatic impact in helping those with HIV and AIDS to live longer," said Dr. John R. Lumpkin, state public health director.
But Lumpkin warned that the good news...
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