June 14, 2017

"Southern states have the highest rates of new HIV-positive diagnoses, the highest percentage of people living with HIV and the lowest rates of survival for those who are HIV-positive. Nearly 52 percent of all new diagnoses of HIV in 2015 occurred in southern states, even though only 37 percent of the U.S. population lives in the South." Dr. Thurka Sangaramoorthy, an affiliate of the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, and Dr. Joseph Richardson, an affiliate of the UMD Prevention Research Center, examine the reasons for the sharp disparity in HIV rates, care, and survivability in the American South in this Conversation essay, particularly among African Americans, and propose solutions. 

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Thurka Sangaramoorthy, Joseph Richardson