Baton Rouge Ranked #1 For AIDS Case Rates Among Major Metropolitan Areas in the United States
New Orleans Climbs from #9 to Fifth in the Nation
Today, the Centers For Disease Control & Prevention released their HIV Surveillance Report for 2010 which “provides an overview on the current epidemiology of HIV disease in the United States and dependent areas. The CDC funds state and territorial health departments to collect surveillance data on persons diagnosed with HIV infection; all personal identifiers are removed from these data before being transmitted to CDC via a secure data network. Data are analyzed by CDC and then displayed by age, race/ethnicity, sex, transmission category, and jurisdiction (where appropriate).”
In addition to compiling and analyzing data, the CDC also “ranks” states and major metropolitan areas in order of their respective AIDS case rates, which is defined as cases per 100,000 population. In 2010, the Baton Rouge metropolitan area as found to have the highest AIDS case rates in the country with 33.7 per 100,000, surpassing Miami, FL which had previously been ranked first for over a decade. Baton Rouge was previously ranked second in the nation.
Additionally, New Orleans’ rate also climbed. In 2009, the New Orleans metropolitan area EMA was ranked ninth among major metropolitan areas, and in this most recent report, the CDC determined that it was fifth in the country with a rate of 26.2 cases per 100,000.
In 2010, Louisiana ranked 4th highest in estimated state AIDS case rates (20.0 per 100,000).
The full report can be found on the CDC’s website. (http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/surveillance/resources/reports/2010report/index.htm )
AIDS Case Rates and Rankings of Major Metropolitan Areas can be found in Table 24, beginning on page 74.
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