While the number of people being tested at public health clinics for the AIDS virus has increased slightly in the past year, the number of people identified as positive for the virus has decreased.
Health officials asked members of the Legislature's Health and Environment Interim Committee Wednesday to continue funding an anonymous testing site, located in Salt Lake County, although the number of people receiving anonymous screenings has dropped by 20 percent.The one-of-a-kind site allows people to get tested for the virus without identifying themselves.
In all, 7,645 Utahns took part in the state's public counseling and testing programs from July 1, 1992, to June 30, 1993. Of those, 108 were HIV positive. That increased to 7,962 tested the next year; only 73 tested positive.
The overall rate of positive tests is 0.9 percent for both anonymous and confidential test sites, according to Edie Sidel, director of the Bureau of HIV.
At the anonymous test site, 10 of the 835 people tested showed the presence of the HIV virus. While that number has dropped in the past year, the anonymous test site has the highest positive rate in the state.