The latest data shows that for the second year in a row, the Baton Rouge metropolitan area ranked second in the nation in the rate of AIDS cases.
According to 2009 data released recently by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate is 30.6, which means 30.6 per every 100,000 people in the Baton Rouge metro area have Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. In 2008, the area rate was 40.
Even though the Baton Rouge ranking was the same, state Department of Health and Hospitals HIV/AIDS Program Administrative Director DeAnn Gruber told The Advocate that the lower rate reported is encouraging but more needs to be done.
Holding onto first place in the nation for the second time is Miami, while New Orleans ranked ninth.