According to a recent CDC study, “poverty is the single most important demographic factor associated with HIV infection among inner-city heterosexuals.”  This conclusion was reached after studies found that HIV prevelance was more than 5 times higher among people below the poverty line, even though they were not otherwise identified as being at high risk of HIV infection.

Links between poverty and HIV are self-evident in Vermont as well, as data bears out.  Of the total estimated 450 Vermonters known to have HIV/AIDS more than two-thirds (300+) are living below 200% of the federal poverty level each year.  (It is worth noting that the Vermont Department of Health estimates total HIV/AIDS cases in Vermont to be higher than 600 individuals; meaning income levels among those diagnosed in other states who moved to Vermont may not be taken into account.)

Link to full press release:  http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/povertyandhivpressrelease.html