CNN chart shows Mid-South HIV, AIDS rates among highest in U.S.

111123061347-hiv-aids-united-states-map-county-level-data-story-top.jpg As Friday's observance of World AIDS Day approaches, CNN released this weekend this interactive map showing the prevalence of AIDS diagnoses per 100,000 in U.S. counties (above), alongside similar data for HIV, stroke, heart disease, obesity and life expectancy. Shelby County and surrounding areas in West Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas show some of the highest rates for all -- except life expectancy, for which those areas rate among the lowest.

With all the attention placed on fighting the spread of HIV and AIDS overseas, the HIV/AIDS crisis right here in the U.S. -- particularly the Southeast -- is being neglected, says Dr. Vincent Marconi of Atlanta's Ponce de Leon Center, one of the largest HIV/AIDS facilities in the country:

"A great amount of attention has been put overseas," said Marconi, who's also an associate professor at Emory University's School of Medicine. "Especially in these economically challenged times, we tend to be myopic in our efforts in our charitable giving. People say, 'I'm already giving towards the international HIV effort - I can't see two epidemics happening.' No one wants to believe that extreme poverty and neglect exist in such a rich and powerful nation as this one."

But exist they do. The problems have been getting worse in recent years, as CNN points out, and the Bluff City is among areas of concern:

In the southeast, the epidemic is growing faster than in any other region in the country. African-Americans constitute 12% of the population in the United States but account for approximately 45% of those newly infected with HIV, according to the CDC. And some of the South's biggest cities topped the CDC's list of diagnosis rates in 2008: Miami. Atlanta. Memphis, Tennessee. Orlando. New Orleans. Charlotte, North Carolina.

7 Comments

It's going to be ending of mine day, but before ending I am reading this wonderful piece of writing to increase my know-how.

It was really alarming that even we have different media to spread information about AIDS and HIV, still many people are infected by it. This issue should not be neglected by the government because many people will suffer, many lives will be lost if this continues.
There's still a hope.

I've been browsing online more than 2 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be a lot more useful than ever before.

I love reading an article that can make men and
women think. Also, thank you for permitting me to comment!

Population control

Cyber Monday deals 2010 are the cure for that sickening feeling of frustration you feel when you
wake up before the sun only to face empty
shelves of your coveted gift item on Black Friday.
The very best promotions are available on some internet sites should you be just patient while exploring first.

It was created by a collaboration in between Leatherman, one particular
of the world's main multi-instrument organizations, and U.

An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend who had been doing a little homework on this.
And he in fact bought me dinner simply because I found it for him...
lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thanks for the meal!!
But yeah, thanks for spending time to discuss this issue here on
your site.

Leave a comment


Type the characters you see in the picture above.

  • About Links to Memphis

Deputy Online News Editor Mark Richens takes you through all the news about Memphis from sources outside the Mid-South.