HIV Infection Rates in U.S. Southern States is as bad as Sub-Saharan Africa

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Source: ThinkProgress.com

Yes, more bad news on the HIV front.  It appears that the rates of infection for both African-American and Latino women in U.S. southern states is as horrid as some places in sub-Saharan Africa.  I wish there were some sort of sick joke, but it’s not.

It appears that this growing issue has more to do with health policies of the states themselves, lack of adequate sex education, including prevention methods beyond abstinence, and certain possible cultural biases and mores within the affected populations themselves.

Either way, it is deplorable that something that can be prevented is NOT being prevented.

There is a very complete and comprehensive article in the Washington Post on this unfolding issue:

“But it’s not just money, or the lack of it, that accounts for the disproportionate number of people living with, and dying from, HIV/AIDS in the Deep South, experts say. The escalating HIV rates are the result of a perfect storm of social factors such as poverty, persistent anti-gay attitudesand a lack of transportation in rural areas. And in the South, AIDS often still has the taint of the plague. Fear of being judged and ostracized keeps some people away from clinics and the care they need.”

To read the complete article, go to this link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/southern-states-are-now-epicenter-of-hivaids-in-the-us/2014/09/22/9ac1525a-39e6-11e4-9c9f-ebb47272e40e_story.html?tid=pm_national_pop

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