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Numbers of HIV/AIDS cases in rural areas of the United States are increasing, but not as rapidly as some people have feared, according to two new studies reported last week in the Summer 2000 issue of the Journal of Rural Health. But reaching rural populations—with prevention messages for those who are not infected and appropriate care for those who are—remains a significant challenge, experts say.
"We have seen a slight increase in the proportion of cases coming from rural areas, but the vast majority are clearly still in the urban areas," said epidemiologist Amy Lansky, PhD, MPH, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who led one of the two studies. About 6.2% of the 46,400 AIDS cases reported in 1999 were from rural areas.
Stephenson J. Rural HIV/AIDS in the United States. JAMA. 2000;284(2):167-168. doi:10.1001/jama.284.2.167-JMN0712-2-1