SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– The Center for Disease Control is warning about HIV concerns in four Missouri counties. *The counties are not suffering from a current outbreak, but the CDC is warning about that possibility*.
The counties include:
Health officials say the CDC comes to these conclusions by surveying certain risk factors like high unemployment, high poverty, higher-than-average school drop out rates, and limited access to healthcare.
According to the Aids Project of the Ozarks, there are around 13,000 people in the state of Missouri diagnosed with HIV.
Local health departments say they will continue to work to educate people about the risks of the disease and prevention along with screenings.
**CORRECTION: OzarksFirst originally reported Ozark, Cedar, Hickory, and Wright counties were “suffering from a current HIV outbreak.”