Increase in HIV among RI college students

Providence, RI – Brown University is raising concerns about an increase in HIV infections among college students. Over the past 6 months, four students from Rhode Island have tested positive for acute HIV.

Symptoms of acute HIV occur within 2 to 4 weeks of infection and often resemble the flu. Four students with an early diagnosis were enough to get the attention of Ed Wheeler- Brown's director of health services.

"That is a little worrisome," he says "because that suggests that they were infected recently, and that more transmission is going on at the time."

This data comes at the same time the Rhode Island Department of Health reports a twenty percent increase in HIV infections between 2008 and 2009 among Ocean State gay and bisexual men.

Brown has held a HIV prevention forum to raise awareness. The University is also offering free and confidential HIV tests to its students.

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