The HIV crisis is out of control in Atlanta. In the CDC latest estimates, 1 in 51 Georgians will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. As of 2013, Atlanta’s metro population accounted for more than half of Georgia’s total population, with 5.6 million people.
“Downtown Atlanta is as bad as Zimbabwe or Harare or Durban,” via a statement from Dr. Carlos del Rio, co-director of Emory University’s Center for AIDS Research.
Since starting a routine testing program in 2013, the nationally-renowned medical center Grady Hospital has diagnosed an average of two or three patients with HIV every single day.
In 2014 it was reported that Atlanta had the fifth highest rate of new HIV infections. Atlanta area zip codes with highest HIV rates are 30302, 30303, 30308, 30309 and 30310.
Other data in the study suggests that gay men are at the highest risk of contracting HIV. Men who have sex with men had a 1 in 3 risk of getting the disease. By contrast, Atlantans have a less than 20% chance of catching the flu in any given year.