AIDS tightens grip on South](http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0403/25aids.html “Welcome to AJC!”)
“The South is more greatly plagued by AIDS and HIV infections because of racial and economic differences and a conservative cultural attitude that interferes with attempts to halt the disease, the report said”
The one thing that wasn’t mentioned here, was a statement I heard once about I-75 being the STD Highway. You can follow the route of I-75, that cuts through Georgia and Florida, and see a higher concentration of STDs around towns with interstate access. I don’t know how much the socio-economic differences play a part in the treatment of AIDS/HIV, but I really don’t see it as a big reason behind the surge in AIDS cases. A lot of it has to do with the ‘It won’t happen to me” syndrome and feeling a little disconnected (freeway or not) with the rest of the country.