Today, AIDSVu released 2017 ZIP Code-level data and interactive maps for nearly 40 cities across the United States, including Philadelphia. Philadelphia is a key example of how HIV disproportionately impacts Black Americans. According to the most recent census data, Black people account for 43% of the population of Philadelphia, yet in 2017, 64% of people living with HIV and 70% of new diagnoses in Philadelphia were among Black men and women. Further, the rate of Black women in Philadelphia living with diagnosed HIV is 7 times that of White women.
Both the 2017-2021 Philadelphia EMA Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan and the Pennsylvania Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan 2017-2021 are Philadelphia’s contributions to a series of state-, city-, and jurisdiction-wide Ending the Epidemic/Getting to Zero plans. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is partnering with Philadelphia Office of HIV Planning, the Ryan White Program, Club 1509, and Do You, Philly on the plan and prevention efforts. The plan is a comprehensive effort to eliminate HIV/AIDS in Philadelphia and across the entire state of Pennsylvania.
Another set of important factors that determine HIV risk are social determinants of health such as poverty, health insurance status, high school education, income inequality, and median household income. In Philadelphia, when you compare these maps you can see that there are strong correlations between these social determinants of health and HIV prevalence and new diagnoses.
Although each community has unique challenges to tackle through education, testing, and treatment, new HIV infections can be eliminated throughout the United States. If you are at risk for HIV, find testing services in Philadelphia today and know your status.
If you are living in the Philadelphia Metro Area:
- EDUCATE FAMILY AND FRIENDS: View our local statistics to see how HIV impacts your community.
- LEARN MORE: Check out the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s resources to learn more about their plan to end HIV in the state.
- GET TESTED: Visit AIDSVu.org/testing to find a testing site near you.
- FIND PrEP PROVIDERS: Use AIDSVu’s PrEP locator to find a PrEP provider near you.