ATLANTA -- 11Alive News is sounding the alarm.
Research shows African-American women, many living in Atlanta, are being infected with HIV -- so much so that the new cases are being compared to African countries.
Data collected in 2009 from the health departments in Clayton, Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Douglas and Gwinnett counties indicates infection rates of HIV and AIDS, respectively, as follows: (This is for women and men combined, all races.)
Fulton: 4,213 and 7,342
DeKalb: 3,257 and 3,983
Clayton: 847 and 943
Cobb and Douglas: 1,030 and 1,288
Gwinnett: 884 and 1,041
In another study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, black women make up 60 percent of all new HIV cases among women. That's 15 times higher than white women and four percent higher than Hispanic women.