This article was reported by Alabama Public Radio.

Alabama Public Radio recently reported that according to the Center for Demographic Research at Auburn Montgomery, cases of both HIV and AIDS showed a decline in Alabama in 2012. Although still higher than the national average, it is below the average for other southern states. The 2012 rate fell from 13.75 per 100,000 Alabama residents in 2011 to 12.27 per 100,000 residents. Black Alabama residents attributed to more than two-thirds of new infections in 2012, but only account for 26 percent of the entire Alabama population.