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HIV rate on a steady decline in Alabama

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The Center for Demographic Research says the AIDS diagnosis rates are on the decline in Alabama. A new study from Auburn Montgomery took a look at state statistics for AIDS and the human immunodeficiency virus for last year.

The study shows 12.27 people per 100,000 Alabama residents were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2012. That was fewer than the 13.75 people who were diagnosed per 100,000 people from 2011.
    
These numbers are lower than the average for the South, but it remains higher than the national average.
    
The illness affects blacks in greater numbers than other racial groups. In 2012, blacks made up more than 68 percent of the new infections.

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