U.S. South Faces HIV/AIDS Crisis
July 31, 2012
Stigma plays a central role in the South's disproportionate HIV/AIDS burden, according to CDC. Though it comprises just slightly more than one-third of the U.S. population, the South has one-half of all new HIV cases and the highest AIDS death rate.
Further, a significant number of people who are diagnosed with HIV do not receive treatment. Southern patients often live far from specialized HIV practices and lack transportation to get there. One in four South Carolinians with HIV live in rural areas, as do four in 10 HIV-positive Mississippians -- by far the highest percentage in the United States.
Post and Courier (Charleston)
07.25.2012; Brenda Rindge
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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