HIV Cases Rise to 53 in West Virginia County

Posted on June 22, 2019 by Kassie Simmons

CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WOAY) - West Virginia health officials say the number of HIV cases in Cabell County has risen to 53.

The total increased by four cases in the past four weeks and nine cases in the past nine weeks.

The cluster has spread primarily among intravenous drug users. Experts describe the Cabell County situation as a cluster because the disease has not left a certain population.

Cabell County’s is currently the only active HIV cluster in West Virginia.

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HIV Cases Rise to 53 in West Virginia County

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CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WOAY) – West Virginia health officials say the number of HIV cases in Cabell County has risen to 53.

The total increased by four cases in the past four weeks and nine cases in the past nine weeks.

The cluster has spread primarily among intravenous drug users. Experts describe the Cabell County situation as a cluster because the disease has not left a certain population.

Cabell County’s is currently the only active HIV cluster in West Virginia.



Kassie Simmons

Kassie Simmons joined the team in January 2019 as a weekend journalist. She graduated from Virginia Tech in just two and a half years with a BA in multimedia journalism. During her short time at Virginia Tech, she served as the editor for the university’s chapter of The Tab. Kassie was named the top reporter for The Tab at Virginia Tech on multiple occasions and made the list for the top 30 reporters for The Tab in the U.S. She also studied theater performance and minored in creative writing. Before coming to WOAY, Kassie interned at WSLS in Roanoke and the Tidewater Review in her hometown of West Point, Va. She has loved following breaking news since her childhood and has a passion for delivering the stories people care most about. Kassie is excited to be working in Southern West Virginia and looks forward to all the adventures ahead of her. You can follow her on Twitter at @KassieLSimmons and like her page on Facebook. If you have a story you think she should check out, send her an email at ksimmons@woay.com.


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