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Is Your City an HIV Hot Spot?

We’re more than three decades into the AIDS epidemic, and though an HIV diagnosis is no longer seen as a death sentence, the disease is still taking a toll, particularly in the South and especially in communities of color. In a recent HIV Surveillance Report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data from state and local health departments tracking the rate of new HIV infections across the country in 2011. These are the 25 cities and major metropolitan areas across the United States (and its territories) with the highest rates of new infections.

Did your city make this HIV hot spot list?

  1. Miami 
  2. New Orleans–Metairie–Kenner, Louisiana
  3. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  4. Jackson, Mississippi
  5. Washington, D.C. (includes Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia suburbs)
  6. Baltimore–Towson, Maryland
  7. Memphis, Tennessee (includes Mississippi and Arkansas suburbs)
  8. Atlanta–Sandy Springs–Marietta, Georgia
  9. New York City (includes New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania suburbs)
  10. Jacksonville, Florida
  11. Orlando, Florida
  12. Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land, Texas
  13. San Juan–Caguas–Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
  14. Charlotte–Gastonia–Concord, North Carolina–South Carolina
  15. Columbia, South Carolina
  16. Dallas
  17. Birmingham–Hoover, Alabama
  18. Tampa–St. Petersburg–Clearwater, Florida
  19. Los Angeles
  20. Greensboro–High Point, North Carolina
  21. San Francisco
  22. Charleston–North Charleston, South Carolina
  23. Virginia Beach–Norfolk–Newport News, Virginia
  24. Philadelphia (includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland suburbs)
  25. Richmond, Virginia

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. Even if you don’t live in an HIV hot spot, you should know your status.


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