HIV in Louisiana
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HIV in Louisiana: Living in a state of awareness

HIV is a growing epidemic in Louisiana. The Louisiana Office of Public Health's STD/HIV Program (SHP) recognizes this problem and is working to prevent the transmission of HIV and to ensure the availability of quality medical and social services for infected and affected individuals. HAP educates, monitors disease trends, and offers services through client-centered, culturally sensitive, respectful and confidential methods.

The goal of this website is to raise public awareness about the HIV epidemic and to inform people so that they can better understand the risks of HIV/AIDS, as well as learn ways to protect themselves and their loved ones. We are also working to challenge the myths about this very serious disease. The information below emphasizes the "unbiased" nature of this disease - it affects every parish in the state, not just Louisiana's larger, urban areas.

Demographically, while certain groups have a greater portion of their population living with infection, HIV does not discriminate - anyone can get this disease. That is why we are working to make Louisiana the State of Awareness when it comes to HIV/AIDS education.


In 2008, Louisiana ranked 4th highest in the state for AIDS case rates and 11th in the number of reported AIDS cases out of all 50 states.


As of June 30, 2010, a cumulative total of 30,299 persons have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana, including 313 cases in children under the age of 13. 


There are persons living with HIV in every parish in Louisiana, and this number continues to increase each year.  


As of December 31, 2009, a total of 17,195 persons were known to be living with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana, of whom 9,288 (54%) had been diagnosed with AIDS. 


The greatest concentration of new HIV diagnoses occurs in the state's two largest urban areas - New Orleans and Baton Rouge.   In 2009, 1,250 persons were diagnosed with HIV in Louisiana; 35% were in the New Orleans area and 27% were in the Baton Rouge area. In that same year, 798 persons were diagnosed with AIDS in Louisiana; 33% occurred in New Orleans and 27% occurred in Baton Rouge. 


New Orleans ranked 2nd and Baton Rouge ranked 3rd in AIDS diagnosis rates among the large metropolitan areas in the U.S. in 2008. 


In Louisiana in 2009, 33% of new HIV diagnoses and 32% of new AIDS diagnoses were among women. 


HIV continues to disproportionately affect black persons in Louisiana. In 2009, 75% of persons newly diagnosed with HIV and 76% newly diagnosed with AIDS were black.