The numbers are revealed for HIV prevalence in the United States — and the South tops most of the results.


According to a report in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, researchers determined that 15 percent of the 4.45 million gay men in the U.S. have HIV positive, according to POZ.


The results in the South were staggering, with 21 out of 25 metropolitan statistical areas coming from that region. Jackson, Mississippi and Columbia, South Carolina topped the list.


“These refined results are an additional tool for regional and local public health action and provide further evidence for the need to prioritize HIV prevention efforts for MSM and particularly for MSM living in the South,” said Eli Rosenberg, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and the study's head, in a press release.


Within Florida, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area had over 3,100 gay men diagnosed with HIV, POZ claimed.


The report also specified that Florida had 0.93 percent diagnoses with HIV per year.


“By pinpointing where HIV strikes the hardest, we have a key piece of the puzzle highlighting the largest disparities within states and the South,“ Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, said in a press release. “We hope these data empower local public health officials, community-based organizations and everyone fighting HIV to bring resources to the gay and bisexual men who need them the most.” 


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