Kind of, but then again.
The good news is that HIV/AIDS infection rates are falling all across the United States, but they are, in fact, rising rather dramatically in the southern US. And while deaths from AIDS complications either fell or held steady in other parts of the country from 2001 to 2006--the last year complete figures were available--they rose by more than 10% in the South.
An update to a 2002 report that identified the disproportionate impact of HIV and AIDS in the South--defined as Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.--found that:
- Although those Southern states are home to only 36% of the nation’s population, some 50% of all US AIDS deaths in 2005 were in the South, and more than half of all Americans with HIV lived in the region in 2006.
- Nine of the 15 states with the highest HIV diagnosis rates are in the South.
- More than 40% of all new infections are in the South.
- Of the 20 metropolitan areas with the highest rates of AIDS cases in 2006, 16 were in the South.
- African-American women are 83% of all [new] cases in the South, and the new epidemic is young people between 22 and 24.