SASI in the News

January, 2015: News Coverage of recent SASI-CDC report,  HIV Diagnoses, Prevalence and Outcomes in Nine Southern States , Reif, Pence, Hall, Hu, Whetten & Wilson, Journal of Community Health, 19 December 2014,

January 21, 2015: VICE News

The Deep South Is Being Hit Hard by HIV/AIDS

January 20, 2015: Triad Business Journal

South, including N.C., has a lower HIV/AIDS survival rate than U.S.

January 16, 2015: Houston Chronicle

In the Deep South, HIV diagnosis and death are more likely

January 15, 2015: Florida Courier

Deep South HIV/AIDS patients die sooner than rest of nation

January 15, 2015: Charleston Chronicle

HIV/AIDS Patients in Deep South Have Lower Survival Rates 

January 14, 2015: Stanly News and Press

HIV/AIDS patients in Deep South have lower survival rates, study shows

January 14, 2015: Cleveland Advocate

HIV/AIDS patients in Deep South have lower survival rates, says Duke University study

“This research documents the dire consequences that having an HIV diagnosis in the Deep South region has for too many individuals,” said Duke University law professor Carolyn McAllaster, who directs the Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative (SASI) and the law school’s AIDS/HIV and Cancer Legal Project.


Lead author Susan Reif of the Duke Global Health Institute said a number of factors likely contribute to the differences in outcomes seen among individuals living with HIV in the Deep South, including poverty, lower levels of education and insurance coverage, social stigma associated with the disease, and racism.

“These differences are crucial to consider when creating strategies to address HIV/AIDS in this region,” Reif said. “Clearly greater investment and focus are required to address the unique nature of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the South.”

January 14, 2015: Dayton News:

January 14, 2015: Infection Control Today:

HIV/AIDS Patients in the Deep South Have Lower Survival Rates


The findings of SASI’s Comprehensive Report on the HIV Epidemic in The South in January 2012 was reported by several media sources:

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