Maine CDC Health Advisory

February 26, 2024

Increase in HIV Diagnoses among People Who Inject Drugs in Penobscot County

From October 2023 through February 23, 2024, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) has identified three new HIV diagnoses among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Penobscot County. Two of the individuals were unhoused and reported sharing or reusing injection drug equipment. All three individuals were coinfected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). Over the past five years, there have been an average of two new HIV diagnoses per year in Penobscot County residents and one new case per year among PWID in Penobscot County. In response to this increase in HIV diagnoses among PWID, Maine CDC is working with community partners to increase access to HIV and HCV testing among people at risk.

Advisory (PDF)