According to a study in the May 2013 issue of “The Professional Geographer,” areas surrounding TDCJ prison facilities report higher HIV rates than those that don’t have the facilities.
The study found that in ZIP codes with TDCJ prisons HIV rates were significantly higher than areas located farther away.
A Texas Department of State Health Services report from 2012 says the HIV rate, cumulative number of people diagnosed in our county, as 150 per 100,000. Nationally, the rate is around 16, while the rate in the state is 16.4.
Researchers offer no definite conclusion for their finding.