Friday, November 12, 2004

Texas headed the wrong way

Mitch Mitchell, Fort Worth Star Telegram, writes about the decline in health-related rankings for the state. Texans are worse off in number of uninsured, child poverty, infant mortality, and infectious disease, among other things. There was one bit of good news, according to Mitchell:

Infectious disease was another category that depressed the state's health rankings, which saw the state drop from 39th in the nation to 43rd.

But some good news about HIV and AIDS was hidden in the numbers.

"About a decade ago, every year we had about 40,000 new AIDS cases and about 20,000 deaths," said Elvin Adams, the health authority for Tarrant County Public Health. "Now, people don't die from AIDS because we've found ways to treat them. We're doing such a good job treating people that our infectious disease rates are going up."

I guess that's one way of looking at it.

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