According to a CDC report last year, Georgia ranked fifth for rates of HIV diagnosis in 2015 with 28.3 infections per 100,000 residents.
According to the 2016 CDC analysis, one in 51 Georgians is likely to be diagnosed with HIV over the course of their lifetime if current HIV diagnoses rates persist—the nation's second-highest state for lifetime risk of HIV infection.
Nationwide, researchers found half of black gay men and a quarter of Latino gay men are projected to be diagnosed within their lifetime if current HIV diagnoses rates persist.
People living in the South — including Georgia — are also more liekly to be diagnosed with HIV over the course of their lifetime than other Americans.
In 2013, the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell area ranked fifth among metropolitan areas in the nation for HIV diagnoses.
Dr. Patrick Sullivan, an epidemiology professor at Emory University, called the South's struggle with HIV "a public health emergency" in a previous AJC report.
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Sullivan, like many other experts, cited poverty as a major factor, because the region is home to the nation’s largest number of people living in poverty.
At the same time, Sullivan said, people with HIV and AIDS are living longer than ever before because of better treatments.
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