AIDS WATCH

STUDY: HIV Most Prevalent In The South, Infection From Male-To-Male Sexual Contact On The Rise

A report from the Centers for Disease Control maps out HIV infection across America, and it appears the highest rates are in the Southern states, where comprehensive sex education is not taught in schools.

According to Think Progress, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi and Louisiana don’t require health classes to provide information about preventing HIV.

In fact, just 20 states across the country mandate both sex education and HIV education, while the rest of country’s youth are growing up with significant gaps in their knowledge about sexual health. That’s especially troubling amid reports that, even though new cases of HIV in the U.S. are beginning to stabilize, young people still continue to put themselves at risk for the virus.

Guess that abstinence-only crap doesn’t work after all. Who’d have guessed?

Other highly impacted regions include Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Illinois and Puerto Rico.
Other finding from the CDC’s HIV Surveillance Report, which examined virus transmission nationwide from 2008 to 2011:

* Male-to-male sexual contact makes up 62% of all HIV diagnoses.

* African-Americans represent 12% ofthe  U.S. population but 47% of HIV diagnoses.

* Latinos make up 21% of HIV infections, but are only 16% of the U.S. populations.

* Infection rates for for people age 20–29 increased.

* The rate of infection for Asians increased while those of African-Americans and Latinos decreased. (Numbers for Caucasians and Native Americans remained stable.)

* Infections transmitted via male-to-male sexual contact increased, while the number from intravenous drug use and heterosexual sexual contact decreased.

* The estimated rate of infections classified as stage 3 (AIDS) remained stable