Aiperi Iusupova, Staff Writer
February 6, 2015
The United States has always been divided into geographical fractions based on race and socioeconomic status. Today, the fragmented character of American history has led to a new life-threatening problem — the growing prevalence of HIV/AIDS infection in the Deep South.
“There is a synergy of plagues that put people at risk for HIV,” said Dr. Laurie Dill, director of Medical AIDS Outreach of Alabama, in an interview for Al Jazeera America. “One of them is racism. One is poverty. One is poor education. One is domestic violence. One is rural access. One is stigma.”
A recent study at Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Centers for Disease Control disclosed that the increasing numbers in statistics on HIV diagnoses, prevalence, and case fatality rates in the Deep South — including North Carolina — are related to poor health care access and insufficiencies in the national health insurance system.