New HIV Map Finds Cases Heavy in the South

By: Mike Stobbe AP Email
By: Mike Stobbe AP Email

ATLANTA (AP) - A new internet data map offers a first-of-its-kind, county-level look at HIV cases in the U.S. and finds the infection rates tend to be highest in the South.

It also finds the infection is concentrated in about 20 percent of American counties, with the highest numbers of cases in population centers like New York and California.

However, parts of the South appear especially hard-hit by the virus. More than half the 48 counties with the highest rates of the AIDS-causing infection were in Georgia.

The map was put together by the National Minority Quality Forum, a nonprofit research organization that has done other disease maps.

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