Despite a bevy of preventative measures and public service announcements endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other local agencies, the HIV and AIDS rates in some U.S. cities rival the most atrocious numbers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The creation of the anti-retroviral drug Truvada has dramatically improved the chances of HIV and AIDS victims for living with the debilitating disease. Still, because too many citizens refuse to adhere to the admonishments of abstinence or contraception advocates — coupled with the crippling antipathy of a nation, lack of more aggressive government intervention and the refusal of more people getting tested to find out their statuses before engaging in sexual activities — many U.S. cities are sentenced to being buried financially under this epidemic.
Take a look at the cities with the highest rates of HIV and AIDS rates, according to the United States Census Bureau and the Department of Commerce.
HIV RATES Per 100,000 and total number of cases
1. Miami, Florida 37.2/64,573 2
2. Baton Rouge, Louisiana 30.6 /4,565 3
3. Jacksonville, Florida 29.1/ 7,292 4
4. New York, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania 27/ 223,508 5
5. Washington, D.C.-Virginia-Maryland-West Virginia 26.6 /37,916 6