BR sees drop in new AIDS cases
Louisiana’s capitol is no longer leading the country for the highest rate of new AIDS diagnoses, most likely due to increased HIV testing at hospitals.
According to The Advocate, Baton Rouge held the top spot for the rate of new AIDS diagnoses in 2016, but now ranks number 10 per reporting by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
City officials lauded the change in a recent news conference.
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome says the “first step to stopping the HIV epidemic in Baton Rouge is awareness.” Broome pushed to increase testing in emergency rooms. She says people who know their status are more likely to seek treatment.
The city has seen an uptick in the number of new HIV diagnoses, likely a result of the increased testing.