HIV continues to affect 1.2 million Americans across the country, and Jacksonville is in the top 10 of cities with the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses.
Nine of those 10 cities are in the South, with Baton Rouge, Miami and New Orleans topping the list. Jacksonville was ranked No. 9, Orlando was fifth and Atlanta was No. 7.
The city's were pinpointed using publicly available data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create a new map showing where the risk of becoming infected with HIV is greatest in the United States.
The “America's Riskiest Places” list was released this week by GetTested.com, an at-home STD testing startup.
Using different color designations, the map shows the varying degrees of lifetime risk of HIV infection in each state. Although only a third of the population reside in the region, 44 percent of Americans diagnosed with HIV live in the South. The map outlines this area as the riskiest for HIV infection.
GetTested.com included cities with a population of 50,000 people or more, infection rates reflect per 100,000 population, and include data from surrounding counties.