HIV rate on a steady decline in Alabama

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.