Tips for Working with Rural Communities
While the overall number of new HIV diagnoses has decreased or plateaued over the last several years in the United States, HIV cases
have increased in rural communities, especially in southern and midwestern states. Several factors, including limited resource allocation,
inadequate data, and stigma, have contributed to health inequities in rural areas. Additionally, HIV incidence in rural areas may appear to be low because data are typically collected from where patients receive care instead of their location of residence, which skews surveillance data.