ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – New statistics on HIV and AIDS in St. Louis show the diseases are on the rise in much of the area.
“In St. Louis City and St. Louis County it’s going up, St. Charles County it’s going up, Lincoln County going up,” explains Cheryl Oliver with St. Louis Effort For AIDS. “Jefferson County and Warren County are both going down.”
According to Oliver, nearly 5,500 people in the St. Louis area have HIV or AIDS and about 45 percent of them are not being treated.
“Young people…the population from 13 to 24, are where the most new HIV cases are turning up,” she says.
Oliver says many young people continue to have unprotected sex, believing AIDS is easily treated with a simple pill. But, she says, that is far from the truth.
Still, Oliver and the St. Louis Effort For Aids remain optimistic.
“We’re definitely making progress. As a matter of fact, with the treatments and the medications, if people are in care this can be a managed disease.”