The Sunshine State's dark cloud

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Science  15 Jun 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6394, pp. 1176-1179
DOI: 10.1126/science.360.6394.1176

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Miami in 2016 was in first place on the list that ranks U.S. cities by new HIV diagnoses. And three other cities in Florida were also on the list. Florida also has more cases of AIDS than any state. The problem is complex, and it differs in the cities and rural areas. Miami has a terrifically diverse community with many immigrants from other countries that cannot be reached with a one-size-fits-all message or outreach efforts. Rural Florida is in the heart of the conservative Bible Belt in the deep South, which is famously homophobic and looks askance at sexual education. New efforts are underway to try to improve the situation in Florida by squarely looking its shortcomings in the eye and confronting them one by one.

  • * Reporting for this story was supported by the Pulitzer Center.