Why Do Southern States Lead New HIV Diagnoses?

 

Today is World AIDS Day.  Since 1988, World AIDS Day has been celebrated on December 1.

Did you know Atlanta ranks number four and southern states lead AIDS diagnoses nationwide?  This and more about the 2016 CDC report as reported by Doug Gross with the “Dacula Patch”:

https://patch.com/georgia/dacula/world-aids-day-southern-states-lead-new-hiv-cases

As one Atlanta resident shared earlier today on the Derrick Boazman Show (WAOK 1380 am radio), ‘Every year when I get my annual well woman exam, I get an HIV test.  Well a couple years ago, it was positive.  I know now, it is not enough for me to know my status.  I also need to know my partner’s status.  Even if you’re married, you need to protect yourself.’

What are your thoughts about why HIV diagnoses are so high in Atlanta and the southern states?

How do you:

protect yourself?

Discuss HIV with teens?

Discuss with friends and/or your mate?

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