Nine of the 10 U.S. states with the highest AIDS-fatality rates are in the south, and the region accounts for nearly half of new AIDS diagnoses nationwide. A contributory factor could be the persistent social stigma and lack of comprehensive sex education in conservative states. But HIV rates are also related to other social issues like crime and incarceration. Louisiana’s death rate from AIDS is nearly twice the national average. So while Americans often perceive HIV as a problem for the developing world, the threat persists at home.
Source: New Yorker