Despite significant advances in diagnosis, care, and prevention, HIV/AIDS continues to be a public health crisis in the United States. The situation is most acute in the Southern U.S., which experiences the greatest burden of new HIV infection, illness, and deaths of any U.S. region.
In early 2019, President Trump introduced the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative, which seeks to end HIV in the United States by 2030. Funding will primarily be distributed to 48 counties with the highest burden of new HIV diagnoses along with San Juan, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. and seven states (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and South Carolina) with a substantial rural HIV burden.
Of the 48 highest burden counties targeted by the Initiative, 48% are in the South.
The Southern U.S. accounts for approximately 45% of all people living with an HIV diagnosis in the U.S. and 52% of all new HIV diagnoses in 2017. This is despite the region only making up one-third (38%) of the U.S. population. Some communities in the South, such as Black and Latino gay and bisexual men, are disproportionately impacted by HIV and are seeing increased rates of new infection – a chilling reminder that the HIV epidemic is far from a thing of the past.
AIDSVu is an interactive data visualization tool that helps policy makers, public health officials, advocates, and community leaders better understand the HIV epidemic where they live. AIDSVu maps the impact of HIV across the Southern U.S. down to the ZIP code-level for 22 cities and at the county-level for 18 states.
5 Ways to Use AIDSVu
- Explore the interactive map, customize your view, and easily print for presentations, grant applications, or other materials.
View Local Statistics
- View local statistics for your city or state, and download high-impact data visualizations for your work
- Download the data sets that inform AIDSVu’s visualizations for your own research and analysis
- Use AIDSVu’s service locators to find HIV testing, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), and care services near you
- Download and share our educational infographics
Explore AIDSVu’s interactive maps that visualize HIV prevalence, new diagnoses and mortality in the Southern U.S. Filter by race/ethnicity, sex, age, and transmission category to see how HIV impacts certain groups.
Beyond the Map
AIDSVu offers tools and resources beyond the HIV map that provide users with a deeper understanding of the HIV epidemic, its socioeconomic-driving factors, and services available at the community level.
The burden of HIV/AIDS is felt disproportionately in the Southern U.S., especially among certain populations, such as Black women and Black gay and bisexual men. Share our infographics with your network to help educate communities, inform public policy, and drive testing and care efforts
For More Information
Learn more about the impact of HIV in the Southern U.S. with the following additional resources.
Southern Voices: Speaking Out About HIV in the Deep SouthLearn More
U.S. Centers for Disease Control
Issue brief on HIV in the South.Learn More
U.S. Centers for Disease Control
HIV in the U.S. by Geographic DistributionLearn More
Southern AIDS Coalition
A coalition to prevent new HIV infections and build a better South for people living with HIV.Learn More