A Southern AIDS Strategy Initiative report written by CHPIR staff was cited in a Jezebel article titled, “What Do Teens Think About When They Think About HIV?”

“If you were to overlay a map of Medicaid expansion and where we’re seeing new HIV diagnoses, they basically line up with states that don’t have Medicaid expansion through the ACA and states where we’re seeing incredibly high rates of HIV infections,” said Leonard on the socio-economic aspect of new infections. Of the Southern AIDS Strategy’s assessment of the nine states that had the highest HIV and AIDS diagnosis rates in the U.S. from 2008 to 2013— Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas—none of them had Medicaid expansion (Louisiana has since expanded).”

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Eighty percent of the world’s population lives in low and middle-income countries, yet these countries spend less than two percent of their budgets on mental health. The result is a devastating mental health treatment gap and an increasing number of years lost to disability due to mental health disorders. African nations have the world’s lowest ratio of mental health professionals at 1.4 per 100,000 people.

Research suggests that mental health treatments can be delivered effectively in low- and middle-income countries using a task sharing approach, in which lay counselors with little or no prior mental health experience are trained to provide treatment.

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