The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is focusing on the state of Kentucky and Shelby County, Tennessee among other locations after finding HIV prevention has stalled.
According to the CDC report which examined HIV trends in the country from 2010 to 2016, after continued declines, the number of HIV infections leveled off in 2013.
The proposed initiative seeks to diagnose, treat, protect those at risk, and respond to growing HIV clusters.
The ‘Ending the HIV Epidemic’ initiative will focus on 48 counties with the highest HIV burden and seven states with disproportionate rural HIV burdens. Those states are Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.
Among the 48 counties, Shelby County will be a target of the initiative.
While there have been continued decreases among certain sex and age groups, the CDC says Latino gay and bisexual men have seen an infection increase of 30 percent. Both black and Latino gay and bisexual men ages 25-34 have also seen increases of 65 percent.