JACKSON, Miss– Mississippi ranks 20th in HIV diagnoses, shows Center For Disease Control study.
December 1 is World AIDS Day, an effort to bring awareness to HIV and AIDS. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is focusing on the AIDS numbers for Mississippi and says the Magnolia State was ranked 20th in the country for the number of diagnoses in a study by the CDC in 2011.
The CDC says education about HIV and AIDS, as well as conversation and sharing knowledge with people are ways to both bring awareness and prevent HIV and AIDS.
The HRC also says that members of the LGBT community in Mississippi felt as if the doctors they had were not LGBT friendly, and claim to have dealt with some form of harassment, which could lead to a fear of going to the doctor for any treatment.
This year’s World AIDS Day theme, “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation,” is in keeping with the organizers’ ongoing “Getting to Zero” campaign.