Here’s some disconcerting news. El Paso has the third highest rate of HIV infection among men who have sex with other men in the nation, according to this story in the New York Times.
The crisis is most acute in Southern states, which hold 37 percent of the country’s population and as of 2014 accounted for 54 percent of all new H.I.V. diagnoses. The South is also home to 21 of the 25 metropolitan areas with the highest H.I.V. prevalence among gay and bisexual men. Jackson, the capital of Mississippi, the country’s poorest state, is best known for blues, barbecue and “The Help.” It also has the nation’s highest rate — 40 percent — of gay and bisexual men living with H.I.V., followed by Columbia, S.C.; El Paso; Augusta, Ga.; and Baton Rouge, La. In Jackson, a small city of just over 170,000, half a dozen black gay or bisexual men receive the shock of a diagnosis every month, and more than 3,600 people, the majority of them black men, live with the virus.
What’s up with that?
I don’t reckon that statistic will be showing up on the Visit El Paso website.
Too bad that we spend all our money on Quality of Life projects, so we don’t have any money left to address this health crisis.