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Report: Baton Rouge second in HIV cases

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Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:20 AM
Updated: Jan 17, 2013 10:19 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: hiv, diagnoses, cdc, baton rouge, health, infection, wbrz

BATON ROUGE - A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds the Baton Rouge metro area ranks second among major United States metro areas for new HIV infection diagnoses.

The report, released Jan. 10, is based on 2010 data of all U.S. metropolitan areas with more than 500,000 people.

The Baton Rouge metro area consists of nine parishes: East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Livingston and St. Helena.

Baton Rouge's rate of people diagnosed with HIV in 2010 is 52.1, meaning about 52 people per 100,000 population were diagnosed with the virus. New Orleans' rate is 44.3, which ranks third in the U.S.

Miami tops the list with a rate of 59.2.

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