September 10, 2017

An Unprecedented HIV Burden in the South

This article originally appeared on AIDS United.

While many areas of the United States show signs of success in the fight against HIV/AIDS, one region still clearly struggles. Today, Southern states bear the brunt of the epidemic. A full-scale emergency exists, with nearly half (49%) of all new HIV and AIDS diagnoses in the United States occurring in the South.1,2 Ongoing obstacles to care also prevent many people living with HIV in the South from obtaining life-saving treatment.

Meanwhile, the region receives a disproportionately small share — only 28% in 2013 — of federal and private HIV funding.3 The impact of HIV on this region will only worsen without appropriate funding and support.

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