AIDSVu Releases New Maps that Depict Impact of HIV in American Cities
New data compiled by Emory University shows where prevention and treatment are needed most
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, on National HIV Testing Day, AIDSVu 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. 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.
“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.”
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 free, interactive online tool’s new data and features include:
- New ZIP code-level maps showing HIV prevalence for 11 U.S. cities – Baton Rouge, LA; Boston, MA; Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT; Columbia, SC; Jackson, MS; Jacksonville, FL; Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI; Newark, NJ; New Haven-Milford, CT; Oakland, CA; and Richmond, VA.
- Updated ZIP code-level maps showing HIV prevalence for 22 cities – Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Hampton Roads, VA; Houston, TX; Los Angeles County, ; Memphis, TN; Miami, FL; New Orleans, LA; New York City; Orlando, FL; Palm Beach, FL; Philadelphia, PA; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; San Juan, PR; Tampa, FL; and Washington, D.C.
- Interactive maps of HIV prevalence data by census tract for Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
- HIV prevalence maps alongside social determinants of health – poverty, median household income, and education – in side-by-side map views for 33 cities.
- HIV testing and care services locator maps, including NIH-funded HIV prevention, vaccine and treatment trials locations, viewable on AIDSVu’s interactive maps.
AIDSVu maps also illustrate the geographic variations in the HIV epidemic across the United States:
- The national map shows significantly higher rates of people living with HIV in the Northeast and the South than in much of the rest of the country. AIDSVu’s city maps demonstrate that, in many cities, there is a pattern of heavily impacted urban cores with relatively lower impact in areas further from city centers.
- The data on AIDSVu’s maps can be viewed by race/ethnicity. AIDSVu shows that HIV disproportionately affects black and Hispanic/Latino Americans, and that these disparities exist in both major metropolitan areas and rural areas.
- AIDSVu also provides downloadable and printable resources – including slide sets of the various map views available on the site – to help those who work in HIV prevention and treatment educate others about the U.S. epidemic.
AIDSVu and National HIV Testing Day:
- This year’s update of AIDSVu is being launched in conjunction with National HIV Testing Day. Currently, more than 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV, and almost one in six people with HIV do not know their status.
- Information about HIV prevalence at the local level – as shown on AIDSVu – can help individuals understand the impact of HIV in their communities and the importance of getting tested. The AIDSVu testing locator helps users find a place in their community to get tested for HIV.
The state- and county-level data displayed on AIDSVu were 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 level were provided directly by state, county and city health departments, depending on the entity responsible for HIV surveillance.
AIDSVu was developed by Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in partnership with Gilead Sciences, Inc. The 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.
About the Rollins School of Public Health
The Rollins School of Public Health is part of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The school houses six academic departments, 20 multidisciplinary centers – including an NIH-supported Center for AIDS Research – and over 160 full-time doctoral-level faculty members.