The Florida Department of Health says its dramatic drop in the number of new cases of HIV can be attributed to duplicate cases and changes to the way they are counted, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Jim Renaud

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, an estimated 9,731 youth aged 13 to 24 were diagnosed with HIV in the United States accounting for about 22% of all new HIV diagnoses.  In 2012, an estimated 44% of HIV positive youth 18 to 24 years old didn’t know they had it.  Public health experts worry about the millennial generation’s attitudes toward HIV prevention because today’s youth didn’t live through the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.   

Florida led the country in the number of new HIV cases in January. The Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau wrote that during this time Governor Rick Scott and then state Surgeon General John Armstrong faced criticism for cutting staff and were accused of not taking the increase seriously.

Shortly after, the Tampa Bay Times reported the Florida Department of Health adjusted those 2014 numbers moving the state out of the lead spot.

The move caused a stir.

The Florida Department of Health has lowered the number of people who caught HIV in Florida.

That’s according to a story in the Tampa Bay Times. Florida previously had the most new HIV infections of any state. But officials revised the stats, removing more than 1,500 cases and making Florida third in the country for new HIV infections.

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