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AIDSVu releases new maps that depict impact of HIV in American cities



July 01, 2014
Area(s) of Interest: Infectious Diseases Public Health 

AIDSVu has released new interactive online maps that show the latest HIV prevalence data for 33 U.S. cities by ZIP code, including new maps for 11 U.S. cities – including Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego and San Francisco. Highly detailed census tract maps have also been added for some cities.

AIDSVu is led by the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in partnership with Gilead Sciences, Inc., and provides the most detailed publicly available view of HIV prevalence in the United States.

AIDSVu offers a compilation of interactive online maps that display data at the national, state and local levels and by different demographics, including age, race and sex. The site also displays HIV prevalence data alongside various social determinants of health – such as poverty, median household income, and education. The 33 cities on AIDSVu make up 57 percent of the nation’s HIV epidemic, demonstrating where the needs for prevention, testing and treatment services are the most urgent.

"The ability to locate and visualize where HIV services are most needed is an invaluable weapon in our fight against the HIV epidemic in the United States," said Patrick S. Sullivan, PhD, DVM, Professor of Epidemiology at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and the principal researcher for AIDSVu. "These community visualizations not only provide a roadmap for local governments and health departments in establishing testing and treatment centers, but show us nationally those cities that demand greater attention and education around HIV prevention."

The state- and county-level data displayed on AIDSVu was obtained from the CDC and compiled by researchers at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Data on HIV prevalence at the ZIP code and census tract data were provided directly by state, county and city health departments, depending on the entity responsible for HIV surveillance.

The AIDSVu project is guided by an Advisory Committee and a Technical Advisory Group with representatives from federal agencies, state health departments and non-governmental organizations working in HIV prevention, care and research.

For more information, visit http://www.aidsvu.org.

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