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Louisiana: Baton Rouge Leads U.S. in AIDS Cases

October 25, 2012

The latest figures show the Baton Rouge metropolitan area as first and the New Orleans metropolitan area as fifth in the rate of AIDS cases in the United States. The Louisiana Commission on HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C, which was formed to advise the governor on the viruses, met October 24, for the first time in more than two years. The commission failed to muster a quorum, but did review the grim statistics and discuss the commission's future, specifically its role.

The statistics showed that new diagnoses of the HIV virus, which causes AIDS, are increasing in Louisiana. Also, the number of people infected is spreading from the metropolitan areas to other parts of the state. Other statistics presented: 18,502 people in Louisiana have AIDS or HIV as of June 30. Of those, 54 percent have AIDS. The number of people newly diagnosed with HIV in Louisiana increased by 12 percent from 2010 to 2011. Seventy-one percent of the newly diagnosed HIV patients were men. Seventy-four percent were black.

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