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New AIDSVu Maps Highlight Escalating Disparities in New HIV Cases and Deaths

Last week, AIDSVu released new interactive, online maps illustrating the impact of HIV across the United States, and revealing that two-thirds of all new HIV diagnoses occur in just three percent of U.S. counties. Using the latest publicly available data at the city, state, and county levels, the new maps visualize disparities in HIV infections and mortality, both geographically and among different demographics.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the first AIDS diagnosis in the U.S., and while we have made significant progress, data from recent years has shown that HIV still disproportionately impacts some regions and groups – particularly the South, and among youth and African Americans – underscoring the need for continued work:

“AIDSVu’s data visualizations show us that HIV impacts every corner of the United States, and help us understand the geographic trends of the HIV epidemic. Looking back 35 years ago, the first HIV cases were reported in coastal cities, while HIV now disproportionately impacts Southern states. The new AIDSVu maps released today highlight how the epidemic has changed in recent years, and show how new diagnoses have grown among young people, especially young gay men of color,” said Patrick Sullivan, Ph.D., Professor of Epidemiology at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and principal researcher for AIDSVu. “The maps on AIDSVu allow for the most in-depth look at the HIV epidemic in the U.S. and enable people working in HIV research, prevention, and care to turn big data into action on the ground. Seeing where changes in the epidemic are happening helps people at the federal, state, and local levels to most effectively deploy resources to stop the spread of HIV.”

AIDSVu is a project of Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in partnership with Gilead Sciences, Inc. Now in its sixth year, AIDSVu is continually expanding the data and resources available to give researchers, policymakers, and others working in HIV the most comprehensive understanding of the epidemic.

Major data updates for 2016 include:

AIDSVu is also introducing several resource updates, including:

State- and county-level data displayed on AIDSVu were obtained from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and compiled by researchers at the Rollins School of Public Health. ZIP code, census tract, and neighborhood data were provided by the state and city health departments, depending on the entity responsible for HIV surveillance.

About AIDSVu

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, a Prevention and Treatment 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 more than 160 full-time doctoral-level faculty members.