The pace in which HIV is spreading worldwide is alarming especially for Atlanta according to Dr. Carlos del Rio, the co-director of Emory University’s Center for AIDS Research. According to the doctor, one child out of two classes of children will contract HIV. During a statement made to WSB-TV in Atlanta, the doctor also compared the HIV epidemic in downtown Atlanta to countries in Africa, saying, “Downtown Atlanta is as bad as Zimbabwe or Harare or Durban. This is not Africa, we have resources.”
According to a study conducted by the CDC in 2014, Atlanta ranked fifth in United States for new HIV infections. In the year of 2014, Atlanta’s population was just pushing 10 million people. Another study from the CDC predicts that one in 51 Georgia residents are subject to contracting HIV in their lifespan. That is a pretty alarming projection. The ways of contracting HIV are not just strictly limited to sexual intercourse, as a Fulton County, Georgia reported that heightened heroin usage in Atlanta could lead to a wider spread of the disease. Watch the video above.