The new findings are significant as blacks are disproportionately affected by the virus in Georgia. For example, in 2013, blacks accounted for 66 percent of people living with HIV in the state, though they comprised only 31 percent of Georgia's population. In contrast, blacks represent 12 percent of the population nationwide but accounted for almost 50 percent of HIV diagnoses in 2014.
“Consistent care matters. It enables people with HIV to live longer, healthier lives, and it prevents new infections,” Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, said in a prepared statement. “And closing this gap in care will be essential if we are to see the narrowing racial divide in HIV diagnoses close completely.”