HIV/AIDS remains an urgent public health crisis in the United States, and this is particularly true in the Southern region of the country where rates of new infection rival those seen in the 1980s.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), today, the Southern United States is home to nearly half of all people living with an HIV diagnosis (45%) and nearly half of HIV-related deaths in the United States (47%).i,ii HIV disproportionally affects Latinos, transgender women, Black women and Black gay and bisexual men, in part due to stigma, poverty, lack of access to healthcare and racial inequality.iii

Rates of Persons Living with Diagnosed HIV in 2014

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Blacks represented 54% of new HIV diagnoses in the Southern United States in 2014.ii

Of all Black gay or bisexual men diagnosed with HIV nationally in 2014, more than 60 percent were living in the Southern United States.ii


iCDC. HIV in the United States by Geography. Available at: Accessed: December 1, 2017.
iiCDC. HIV in the Southern United States. Available at: Accessed: November 11, 2017.
iiValdiserri RO. HIV/AIDS Stigma: An Impediment to Public Health. Am J Public Health. 2002;92(3):341–34.