The AIDS epidemic of the 1990s and before has slowed considerably in Sonoma County, and survivors are now living much longer.
But that doesn’t mean the risk of the disease has gone away.
The recent decrease in new HIV/AIDS diagnoses is not yet statistically significant, says Sonoma County’s Deputy Health Officer, Karen Holbrook. But it is consistent with some longer-term trends.
Another trend, notes Face to Face Executive Director Rick Dean, is increasing life expectancy for those who have a positive diagnosis.