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"Extremely Alarming" HIV Trend

AMARILLO, TEXAS - "Extremely alarming" is how one expert describes an area HIV trend. Despite a decrease in infections across the rest of the state, the panhandle is seeing a surge.

This latest information from the state shows that in Amarillo HIV cases have gone up more than 30 percent since 2002. That's a growth from 322 cases to 430.

At the same time, HIV infections across the state as a whole have gone down about 13 percent. The vast majority of local cases are in potter county -- with 309 people infected there.

The report shows that majority of growth was in Hispanics, but local experts say there's another big group to worry about too. In people under 25 in the city, HIV infection is up 600 percent. That's from two cases three years ago to fourteen today.

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