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.
The Southern U.S. accounts for approximately 45% of all people living with an HIV diagnosis in the U.S. and half of all new HIV diagnoses in 2016. This is despite the region only making up one-third (38%) of the U.S. population. Some communities, such as Black women and Black 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 16 states.