Emory University’s Center for AIDS Research officials said the number of people effected with AIDs in Atlanta is staggering. Dr. Carlos del Rio, co-director of the AIDS Research said:
“Downtown Atlanta is as bad as Zimbabwe or Harare or Durban.”
The disease shifted from one that mainly affected gay men and drug users in the late ’80s to a disease that now affects just about every population, but in particular African-Americans with limited access to health care. If you live in the southeast, you’re more likely to be diagnosed with HIV than any other part of the country and in Georgia the risk of diagnosis leaps to one in 51.
The ways of contracting HIV are not just strictly limited to sexual intercourse, as a Fulton County, Georgia reported that rising heroin usage in Atlanta could lead to a wider spread of the disease.