It’s World AIDS Day. Epi changes in HIV/AIDS.

CDC – Geographic Distribution – Statistics Overview – Statistics Center – HIV/AIDS.

Some highlights:

-> Largest percentage of newly diagnosed infections: The South

-> Largest percentage of people living with AIDS: Dixie

-> Largest percentage of deaths from AIDS: Former Confederate States of America

Racial disparity also observed (new diagnosis highest in African-American population, particularly African-American women).

What does it mean? The epidemiological profile of AIDS has changed quite a bit since the 1990s. HIV/AIDS needs to be on the radar for health care providers (and people having sex) everywhere: in the south, in rural areas, as well as major urban areas, the northeast, and the west coast. Screening should be taking place at every primary care visit and, since it is often used as a primary care, the Emergency Department. Normalizing HIV screening as one of those tests we do for everyone at every point of contact just makes sense. Broken leg? How about a side of HIV screen gratis b/c of Obamacare?

I’ve been HIV tested 3 or 4 times and I promise you it is fun and easy. Do it! Ask your doctor or nurse if they offer the test to everyone. If no, why not?


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