Suburban and Rural Populations
Suburban and rural populations are those living in regions at some degree of remove from major cities. Although some may reside in metropolitan areas in relatively close proximity to cities, there are often substantial differences in lifestyle and socioeconomic status between urban and nonurban populations. With some justification, AIDS has been identified largely as a disease of the major urban centers. Indeed, the first personal contact that many people in suburban and rural areas have had with the epidemic occurred when a friend, neighbor, or relative with AIDS returned from a large city to the family home. Nonetheless, the urban/nonurban dichotomy has been diminished over time by the pervasive spread of the epidemic.