HIV in US high down south
Recent estimates by the Center for Disease Control in the US has found nearly half of all new diagnoses of HIV/AIDS occur in nine southern states.
The states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee also make the region which has the highest level in the country of people living with and dying from AIDS.
AIDS United vice president of policy and advocacy, Ronald Johnson, urged southern politicians to direct more research and attention to the issue.
"When it comes to living with HIV/AIDS, where you live should not affect how well you live," he said.
"Making sure that people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, especially those in the overburdened U.S. South, have access to crucial HIV prevention, care and treatment services should not be a partisan issue.
“The Members of Congress who join us today recognize this, and we ask for their help to increase awareness and spearhead research that will advance this important work."
Currently in the United States only 19 per cent of Americans living with HIV/AIDS are receiving the adequate care required to sustain and improve their lives.
The American Academy of HIV Medicine associates one of the causes of this in the south with the uneven distribution in the region of the states’ 240 HIV specialists.