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

 

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.

The following statistics are provided by the Office of Public Heath's STD/HIV Program (SHP).


 

  • In 2011 (the last year of available data), Louisiana ranked 4th highest for AIDS case rates and 3rd highest for HIV cases rates out of all 50 states.

 

  • At the end of 2011, 17,735 people were living with HIV in Louisiana, of whom 9,650 (54%) have AIDS. There are people living with HIV in every parish in Louisiana.

 

  • 29% of all new HIV diagnoses in 2011 were among women.

 

  • The number of new HIV diagnoses among young people has been growing steadily since 2006. In 2011, young people ages 13-24 made up 25% of new HIV diagnoses.

 

  • 25% of people newly diagnosed with HIV also had AIDS, and an additional 7% developed AIDS within 6 months. Men, injection drug users, and people aged 35 or older were more likely to be have AIDS at the time of HIV diagnosis.

 

  • The HIV rate for African Americans is disproportionately high in Louisiana, and is 7 times that of whites. Although African Americans make up only 32% of the state's population, they had 74% of new HIV diagnoses in 2011.

 

  • Mother-to-child transmission rates have dropped dramatically from 19% in 1994 to 2.9% in 2010. In 2010, 5 babies born in Louisiana were infected with HIV.

 

  • In 2011, 102,539 HIV tests were conducted through SHP's Counseling, Testing and Referral program. 1,272 of these tests, or 1.2%, were positive.