If you live in California, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Nevada or the District of Columbia, you have a better chance of getting AIDS than people who live in other states.
A confidential map distributed by the Central Intelligence Agency to its agents and employes here and abroad shows the state-by-state march of the AIDS virus and includes the warning that the disease is beginning to infiltrate the heterosexual community significantly.
Last summer, the CIA noted, it was determined that 1.9 of every 1,000 Americans would test positive for the antibody produced to combat the AIDS virus. The "high-prevalence areas" -- the six states listed and the District of Columbia -- had an incidence rate of two people in every 1,000. In addition to a higher rate of AIDS, those areas are beginning to approach a 1-to-1 ratio of male to female patients.
The CIA listed 18 states where between one and two of every 1,000 people are infected with the AIDS virus: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Fourteen states were identified on the CIA map as having a lower infection rate, between .5 and 1 of every 1,000 people: Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin.
The CIA pointed out 12 states whose residents are least likely to have the AIDS virus, according to present figures: Alaska, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.
The CIA estimated that the average AIDS patient is 35 years old. Males make up 93 percent of the reported cases in adults and the majority of them are either homosexual, bisexual or intravenous drug abusers.
The high-risk states where the male-to-female ratio of victims is evening out show that the United States is following the AIDS pattern set in Africa. There, it is largely a heterosexual disease. Africa is about five years ahead of the rest of the world in its epidemic, the CIA notes. "It is reasonable to infer that heterosexual transmission worldwide will produce similar ratios. In the United States it means relatively more females are being newly infected."
Dr. James Mason, director of the Centers for Disease Control, reported that in a major AIDS study conducted by an international team in Zaire, "It has been determined that heterosexual contact accounts for 80 percent or more of the cases."
Just as interesting, our reporter Tanya Isch learned that AIDS testing among military recruits revealed a ratio of .7 females for every 1.6 males per 1,000 found with the disease. In that testing, nearly one-third of the disease carriers are female and the number is climbing.
Experts now believe AIDS originated as a heterosexual disease and that it was only by chance that it landed first in the male homosexual population in this country.