Although we have made dramatic progress in prevention and treatment for HIV/ AIDS, HIV is still an epidemic. The CDC estimates that 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and one in seven is unaware of their infection.
According to the Southern AIDS Strategy Initiative, Tennessee ranks tenth in the country in the rate of new HIV/ AIDS diagnoses. Our state ranks eighth in the rate of AIDS-related deaths. While HIV is predominantly an urban disease, people have been diagnosed in every Tennessee county.