The evidence is clear: The US South has the highest rates of both new HIV diagnoses and HIV-related deaths. SASI’s research reports analyze the impact of HIV in the US South and focus on a subset of nine Deep South states that continue to drive the Southern HIV epidemic. These states have been disproportionately affected by HIV and share characteristics such as overall poorer health, high poverty rates, an insufficient supply of medical care providers and a cultural climate that likely contributes to the spread of HIV in the region. (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX.)
SASI’s research is led by a team at the Duke Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research and is used to create data-driven policy recommendations aimed at securing a federal commitment to fully implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy in the US South. SASI’s reports are an important resource for advocates, policy makers, and those seeking funding for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, and advocacy in the US South.
SASI’s research and reports are divided into 3 broad categories:
- Impact of HIV in the South – SASI’s research reports document the HIV burden in the US South and focus particularly on the epidemic in nine Deep South States that continue to drive the US HIV epidemic (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX.)
- Southern HIV Policy Issues – SASI’s policy reports analyze the impact of federal funding decisions and policies related to HIV prevention, care and treatment on the US South.
- Deep South Infrastructure Reports – SASI’s HIV Infrastructure Reports provide a deeper understanding of the factors that contribute to the disproportionate HIV epidemic in the US Deep South. The Reports examine the HIV care and prevention infrastructures and factors that contribute to the HIV burden and poorer outcomes in Deep South metropolitan areas.
ANNOUNCEMENT: With the retirement of Director, Carolyn McAllaster, the Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative (SASI) ended as a separate initiative on July 1, 2019. The research-based policy work of SASI has moved to the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC). Please visit the SAC Action Center to find SASI’s Research Reports and Fact Sheets.