HIV in the South


High Infection Rates, Barriers to Care, and Funding Shortfalls: A Deadly Combination

While many areas of the United States show signs of success in the fight against HIV/AIDS, one region still clearly struggles. Today, Southern states bear the brunt of the epidemic. A full-scale emergency exists, with nearly half (49%) of all new HIV and AIDS diagnoses in the United States occurring in the South.1,2 Ongoing obstacles to care also prevent many people living with HIV in the South from obtaining life-saving treatment.

49% of all new HIV and AIDS diagnoses occur in the South

Meanwhile, the region receives a disproportionately small share — only 28% in 2013 — of federal and private HIV funding.3 The impact of HIV on this region will only worsen without appropriate funding and support.

AIDS United Responds by Creating Advocacy Infrastructure

Since 2006, AIDS United has led the charge to identify and eliminate HIV-related health disparities in the South. We have built an unparalleled advocacy infrastructure by strategically investing more than $11 million in communities throughout the South as part of our Southern REACH (Regional Expansion of Access and Capacity to Address HIV/AIDS) Initiative. This represents the single-largest funding source for HIV policy and advocacy in the South. And it is made possible through generous support provided by the Ford Foundation.

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