Maine CDC Health Advisory
April 7, 2022
Increase in HIV Cases in Kennebec County, Maine
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) cases in Kennebec County, Maine, have increased from 1 case in 2020 to 5 cases in 2021 (see Figure 1). Of the 5 cases diagnosed in 2021, 4 were diagnosed when severely ill and hospitalized; 3 were diagnosed with AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) at the same time as their HIV diagnosis. The Maine CDC has not identified an epidemiological link among these cases at this time. Individuals who are diagnosed later in their HIV infection course are more likely to transmit HIV to others, and also have a poorer prognosis than those diagnosed earlier.