Atlanta… Known for it’s fun, sun, and celebrities.
Often referred to as “Black Hollywood” Atlanta is often the place that aspiring black actors, musicians, and entrepreneurs move in search of their big breaks.
Indeed, Atlanta is known for it’s wealth of opportunities for black people… Unfortunately, in recent years, Atlanta has become just as well known for this devastating fact…
It has one of the highest HIV/AIDS infection rates in America.
That has been the case for quite some time. This is devastating when it comes to Atlanta’s black community because black people represent a majority of the city’s population, and black people as a whole are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS.
It’s a shame that one of black America’s shining examples of social, political, and economic progress is also adversely affected by this very serious sexually transmitted disease.
However, it appears that the situation with Atlanta’s HIV epidemic has gotten shockingly worse over the years.
According to a number of recent reports from the Center’s for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta’s HIV/AIDS problem has gotten so bad that the numbers rival those of third-world countries that are being ravaged by the deadly virus.
In fact, many estimate that some neighborhoods in downtown Atlanta are at least 75% HIV positive!
The CDC also further states that one in 51 people in the state of Georgia will be diagnosed with HIV at some point in their lifetimes.
These CDC studies also show that HIV/AIDS is continuing to rise in proportion with the growing number of people living in Atlanta.
A few days ago, WSB-TV Channel 2, one of Atlanta’s local news stations reported a frightening quote from Dr. Carlos del Rio, co-director of Emory University’s Center for AIDS Research.
He stated that: “Downtown Atlanta is as bad as Zimbabwe.”
The CDC also reported that Atlanta has the fifth highest rate of HIV infection out of all U.S. cities. Also revealing that the south as a whole represents the greatest risk of HIV infection.
Atlanta has always been one of my favorite U.S. cities. It’s a bustling beacon of entertainment, small business opportunity, and fame. It is no doubt the Hollywood of The South.
However, underneath all the glitter and shine is a dark reality that is the result of a lack of awareness and risky behavior.
Life is far too short to throw it away over mindless indulgence.
Stay safe. Get tested. Wrap it up.