Neglecting HIV/AIDS in the Southeast
This photo from our interactive data map shows the prevalence of AIDS diagnoses in 2006.
November 27th, 2011
08:00 AM ET

Neglecting HIV/AIDS in the Southeast

Dr. Vincent Marconi travels to Durban, South Africa, every summer with his family to work with hundreds of HIV and AIDS patients. Despite global support for research and high-profile activists, AIDS continues to batter many developing countries. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS estimates that there are 5.6 million people in South Africa alone living with the deadly disease.

Still, after every trip to Africa, Marconi returns home to Atlanta, Georgia, to continue his work at the Ponce De Leon Center, one of the largest HIV/AIDS facilities in the United States. The center's staff provides medical services to approximately 5,000 men, women, adolescents and children.

Here in the southeast U.S., he says, HIV/AIDS is very much a neglected problem.

View our interactive data map

“A great amount of attention has been put overseas,” said Marconi, who's also an associate professor at Emory University's School of Medicine. “Especially in these economically challenged times, we tend to be myopic in our efforts in our charitable giving. People say, ‘I’m already giving towards the international HIV effort - I can’t see two epidemics happening.’ No one wants to believe that extreme poverty and neglect exist in such a rich and powerful nation as this one.”

At the end of 2008, an estimated 1,178,350 persons aged 13 and older were living with HIV or AIDS in the United States. And the CDC estimates that approximately 50,000 people are infected with HIV each year.

In the southeast, the epidemic is growing faster than in any other region in the country. African-Americans constitute 12% of the population in the United States but account for approximately 45% of those newly infected with HIV, according to the CDC. And some of the South's biggest cities topped the CDC's list of diagnosis rates in 2008: Miami. Atlanta. Memphis, Tennessee. Orlando. New Orleans. Charlotte, North Carolina.

Patrick Packer, executive director of the Southern AIDS Coalition, describes it as the “perfect storm.” The coalition was formed in 2001 to bring attention to the HIV/AIDS outbreak - what the group calls a state of emergency in the South. The problem is three-fold, Packer says: stigma prevents education and promotes fear; socio-economic factors prevent the infected from receiving medical attention; and the lack of a focused strategy prevents agencies from using the few resources available effectively.

This week CNN Health’s team is taking a close look at the epidemic with a series leading up to World AIDS Day on December 1.

CNN technical producer Curt Merrill worked with data from the CDC, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, and the National Minority Quality Forum to create an interactive map showing the prevalence of AIDS and HIV in the United States compared to our levels of obesity, stroke, heart disease and male/female life expectancy. Click here to see the areas most affected and to search for your county or state.

On Monday, Jacque Wilson profiles Pastor Brenda Byrth, who is taking a stand against the HIV/AIDS stigma in rural South Carolina. Then on Tuesday, Madison Park analyzes the growing problem in northern Florida.

On Wednesday, Elizabeth Landau introduces us to Crystal, a homeless drug addict in Atlanta whose top priorities are getting clean and finding a place to live – not dealing with her diagnosis. On Thursday, Robert Johnson presents a photo story about the crisis facing a government-run drug program for people living with HIV/AIDS.

The series will culminate with an in-depth look at the work being done at the Ponce De Leon Clinic and the hope for a solution to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Southeastern United States.

Please take a moment each day to read these stories and tell us yours. If you or someone you know has been affected by AIDS, visit the CDC's website or AIDS.gov to find out more.

Post by:
Filed under: HIV/AIDS

soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. Daces

    Теперь всё понятно, спасибо за помощь в этом вопросе.

    poker helper free download

    Безвкусица какая то

    мелбет реферальная ссылка

    И я с этим столкнулся. Можем пообщаться на эту тему.


    Какие слова... супер, замечательная идея

    betpawa registration kenya

    Это сообщение, бесподобно ))) , мне очень интересно 🙂


    Это просто великолепная мысль

    еаисто гибдд проверка диагностической

    Абсолютно с Вами согласен. В этом что-то есть и это хорошая идея. Я Вас поддерживаю.

    partner 1xbet

    мда придумали ж

    джой казино официальный сайт

    С таким успехом как у тебя

    накрутить лайки в инстаграм

    Понятно, благодарю за помощь в этом вопросе.

    трусы оптом мужские

    March 4, 2021 at 16:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. joycasinoofficial

    Matchless topic, it is interesting to me))))

    https://joycasinoofficial.site/ | https://joycasinoofficial.site/

    March 5, 2021 at 15:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. csbooster

    Значительное доли сайтов к CS 1.6 склоняет определять свежие приемы, что бы держаться в топовых местах и притягивать внешних юзеров, самым проверенным и эффективным до сих времени есть метод продвижения сайта https://cs-booster.ru/. Оформляя раскрутку Вы вооружаете ресурсе целевой изобилие пользователей, которые падают на ресурс по причине основных позициям в Searching ленте. Мы представляет Вам быструю и эффективную проднятие вашего сервера за приемлемую стоимость, которые заказчик сумеет возместить сразу же в первые период благодаря новопоступившим юзерам. Наш источник безошибочной поднятие в топе Counter Strike 1.6 раскрутка сервера кс 1.6 обепечивает Вам готовых модификаций раскрутки источника по положения от поставленных намерений. Здесь пользователи сумеет изучить подходящий из указанных вариантов: VIP, БУС также "Будь Первым" – они правильно пособляют Cs-Booster.Ru полнять ресурсу и поднять число игроков на долгое период. Заказать нужный вариант поднятия в топ по точно доступным ценникам возможно прямо в презентованном месте, указав "Заказ".

    March 8, 2021 at 07:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. continent-telecom22

    главное смекалка

    виртуальные номера украина https://continent-telecom.com/

    March 9, 2021 at 05:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. virtual-local-numbers

    Извините за то, что вмешиваюсь… Я разбираюсь в этом вопросе. Пишите здесь или в PM.

    800 phone numbers https://virtual-local-numbers.com/virtualnumber/tollfree.html https://virtual-local-numbers.com/

    March 9, 2021 at 09:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. msk-stabilizator22


    релейный стабилизатор https://msk-stabilizator.ru/

    March 10, 2021 at 06:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Shakira Budesa

    I am 48 year old mom Thank you so much! I love sucking dick btw hmu


    March 10, 2021 at 22:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. LmoppEncox

    http://essaywriteris.com/ – someone write my essay for me best essay writer can i get someone to write my essay do my essay for cheap

    March 22, 2021 at 21:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. jarge Playmn

    Порно Фильмы – Огромная онлайн коллекция с бесплатным порно видео и ежедневными обновлениеми на любой вкус. Русское, домашнее, секс видео зрелых, анал, красивые девушки, бдсм, видео молодых, жены, измены, сиськи и другие категории. Смотреть порно фильмы можно как на компьютере так и на мобильном телефоне!

    March 24, 2021 at 11:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Aaron Eastern

    Well I sincerely liked reading it. This information offered by you is very effective for proper planning.


    March 24, 2021 at 15:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. JvqqEncox

    https://dissertationahelp.com/ – research dissertation dissertation writing grants dissertation format what is dissertation

    March 24, 2021 at 18:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. GrvCrulk

    https://kloviagrli.com/ – order viagra from canada https://vigedon.com/ – viagra overdose https://llecialisjaw.com/ – cialis manufacturer coupon 2018 https://jwcialislrt.com/ – definition cialis https://jecialisbn.com/ – cialis india

    March 25, 2021 at 09:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. BrfgMile

    https://ljcialishe.com/ – free sample cialis https://cialisvja.com/ – daily cialis https://viagraonlinejc.com/ – viagra doses 200 mg https://viagratx.com/ – buying viagra in mexico https://buycialisxz.com/ – cialis overdose

    March 26, 2021 at 17:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. AbgcEncox

    https://thesiswritingtob.com/ – writing my thesis thesis advice writing a thesis paragraph thesis phd

    April 2, 2021 at 17:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Boscoqqq

    going Falcon piping

    your own home going out with Falcon pipesThe Falcon an american is innovation, copyrighted because of Kenley Bugg of all ft david, in in 1936. 1948: George d. Welche seeing practical application Gibt Es Hexen.

    very my pops and apple few Falcon water lines and turned out to be asking just what statistics on the trunk signify that. daddy encountered or even conduit in the cover of an. Mga Incontri Pangulo include Pilipinas better. t brought an patents on top of that trademarks by means of Falcon markets inc. but also took out during these Falcon tubes construction. Falcon tubes Ltd. (referred to as Falcon real estate individual) has been operated on jake E.

    Falcompanyn piping Ltd newer become Merton and additionally Faln. The Falcon brand with regards to the mouthpiece was regarded as stopped in 1994.

    u. s citizens ingenuity is responsible for the creation of. refer to to educate oneself about a bit for latamdate.com scam Falcon profile.

    Falcon pontoons the reasoning united states engineer, Kenley Bugg, designed and constructed of the Falcon throughout 1936. his own reach was to have a dry and consequently sweet using cigarettes water line. this in turn led to an incomparable construction what kind of options some sort of material stem routine in the shape of a corkscrew with a high quality destroy like dish at the camp to retain moisture content. the unique metal develop of establish, offers the very containers in order to interchangeable briar pieces of writing. their complex format became popular pursuing battle II, advertising and marketing a lot more than six million moments which range from 1954 as well as,while 1963 in the us. during the river In 1963 the production of Falcon stages moved to a garden in great britain, and the following continues as in this time. your current mediterranean induce reaped benefits yank company.

    Falcon built "rainless diamond rings" on the way to mess up, and in good physical condition well and as a consequence drink up fluids. availability of Falcon conduits well-nigh 50 million pipe people who smoke and, in the world, smoking the perfect Fwater linelcon. Falcons would be cherished for his or her great deco not unlike design and to be able to be unique bills the particular smoke cooker. Falcon plumbing could paired in spanning a thousand different ways. each side Falcon hoses is often referred to that includes nostalgia to be able to stainless- and in addition trail fins of more aged Fords. these kind of pipe joints, no matter what stage to become recorded overseas, Are an item of 1950s as well as 1960s period of time Americana that are classed as valued that by millions.

    reality with utilizing a Falcon by buying a tube units in, The coming of the standard "Seven Day arrangement" Is much cheaper. originates are interchanged with different containers, which may considerably less expensive more than getting a whole a lot of pipe.

    assume go lighters or a smoking. the state colorado provides inspired that water pipe nicotine is made out of substance that might lead to sarcoma, start disorders or even other great ruin.

    April 3, 2021 at 15:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. cheap alprostadil

    alprostadil cream https://alprostadildrugs.com/ alprostadil or yohimbine

    April 5, 2021 at 12:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. generic levitra vardenafil 20mg

    is vardenafil in the va formulary https://vegavardenafil.com/ warnings for vardenafil maximum dose

    April 6, 2021 at 13:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. ww888

    Great article.

    April 6, 2021 at 20:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. tadalafil pills 20mg

    40 mg tadalafil https://elitadalafill.com/ order tadalafil

    April 7, 2021 at 00:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. www888 santa.com

    Hey there! I just want to offer you a big thumbs up for
    your great information you have got here on this post. I'll be coming back to your web site for more soon.

    April 7, 2021 at 11:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. w88

    Great goods from you, man. I've understand your stuff previous to and you're just extremely wonderful.
    I really like what you've acquired here, certainly like what
    you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it
    entertaining and you still care for to keep it sensible.
    I cant wait to read much more from you. This is actually
    a wonderful website.

    April 10, 2021 at 08:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. w88club

    This is really interesting, You're a very skilled blogger.
    I have joined your feed and look forward to seeking more
    of your excellent post. Also, I've shared your website in my social networks!

    April 10, 2021 at 17:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. average perscription pills taken by 65 year old canadian?

    best canadian mail order pharmacies for diet pills https://canadapillstorex.com/ best canadian mail order pharmacies for diet pills

    April 12, 2021 at 05:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. generic zithromax 500mg

    zithromax azithromycin 500 mg https://zithromaxes.com/ zithromax for uti treatment

    April 12, 2021 at 11:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. where can i purchase zithromax

    erythromax https://zithromaxes.com/ a zithromax

    April 12, 2021 at 12:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. male enhancement cvs pharmacy

    erectile over the counter products https://canadaerectiledysfunctionpills.com/ erectile strength diet

    April 14, 2021 at 12:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. buy generic cialis, canadian

    canadian pharmacy cialis no prescription https://canadacialisstore.com/ canadian viagra cialis

    April 14, 2021 at 15:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. what is the brand name for the generic drug for viagra in canada

    buying viagra in canada https://canadaviagrastore.com/ pfizer viagra canada pharmacy

    April 15, 2021 at 00:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. tadalafil pills

    tadalafil tablets https://elitadalafill.com/ generic tadalafil united states

    April 15, 2021 at 12:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. do you need prescription for canadian perscribition of cialis in usa

    cialis at canadian pharmacy https://canadacialisstore.com/ canadian generic cialis 20mg

    April 16, 2021 at 23:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. viagra cost canada

    what is the brand name for the generic drug for viagra in canada https://canadaviagrastore.com/ viagra canada purchase

    April 17, 2021 at 10:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. order zithromax

    zithr https://zithromaxes.com/ zithromax 500 mg

    April 17, 2021 at 22:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. vardenafil

    buy vardenafil online without presciption https://vegavardenafil.com/ how do you take vardenafil 20 mg?

    April 18, 2021 at 05:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. vardenafil 10 mg

    vardenafil tablets https://vegavardenafil.com/ generic vardenafil 20mg

    April 18, 2021 at 06:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. buy tadalafil

    tadalafil 40 mg daily https://elitadalafill.com/ generic tadalafil united states

    April 18, 2021 at 10:07 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.