1. Baton Rouge ranks 4th for AIDS case rates among the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.
  2. Baton Rouge Ranks 1st in the state of Louisiana with the Highest Rate of AIDS Cases.
  3. Nationally, Louisiana ranks 5th highest in AIDS case rates and 12th in the number of AIDS cases diagnosed.
  4. Over 75% of all HIV/AIDS cases in Region Two are African Americans.
  5. In Louisiana, 31% of new HIV cases and 31% of new AIDS cases are among women.
  6. The number one mode of transmission for females is Heterosexual Activities.
  7. HIV continues to disproportionately affect African Americans in Louisiana. In 2007, 72% of newly diagnosed HIV cases and 75% of newly diagnosed AIDS cases were among African Americans.



African Americans Make Up………..

12% of the U.S.

45% of all U.S. AIDS Cases

50% of all U.S. Men Who Have Sex With Men AIDS Cases

56% of all U.S. Female AIDS Cases

58% of all U.S. Pediatric AIDS Cases

  • According to Avert, an international AIDS Charity, the following trends of the worldwide epidemic of HIV are evident:
  • It is thought that more than one million people are living with HIV in the USA and that more than half a million have died after developing AIDS.
  • Young people (under 25 years old) account for half of all new HIV infections worldwide.