New data compiled by Emory University shows where prevention and treatment are needed most.
Interactive maps of HIV prevalence in Charlotte, North Carolina
are now available for the first time on AIDSVu
, the most detailed publicly available maps of HIV prevalence in the United States. The Charlotte interactive maps are the first to visualize HIV prevalence data for the Charlotte metro area and Mecklenburg County.
AIDSVu is a compilation of online maps that display HIV prevalence data across the U.S. at the national, state and local level, and by specific demographics, including age, race and sex. The maps pinpoint areas of the country where the rates of people living with an HIV diagnosis are the highest, including urban centers, visualizing where the needs for prevention, testing
services are the most urgent.
“Our National HIV/AIDS Strategy calls for reducing new HIV infections by intensifying our efforts in HIV prevention where the epidemic is most concentrated. AIDSVu provides a roadmap to identifying those high-prevalence areas of the HIV epidemic and shows where the local testing resources are located,” said Patrick S. Sullivan, PhD, DVM, Professor of Epidemiology at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and the principal researcher for AIDSVu.
The Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University launched AIDSVu’s new interactive HIV prevalence maps for Charlotte today with a series of presentations to local community members, medical clinicians and public health focused academics in partnership with the Mecklenburg County Health Department. AIDSVu is also performing an evaluation in Charlotte to assess the community impact of providing relevant and valuable HIV data in an easily understandable and interactive format.
"We are very excited that AIDSVu has chosen Mecklenburg County, along with the Denver, Colorado metro area, to feature the work of AIDSVu and its valuable interface with community services,” said Dr. Marcus Plescia, Mecklenburg County Health Director.
The free, interactive online tool’s data and features include:
• ZIP code-level maps for 22 U.S. cities – Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Hampton Roads, Houston, Los Angeles County, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Orlando, Palm Beach, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, San Juan, Tampa and Washington, D.C.
• HIV prevalence maps alongside social determinants of health – poverty, lack of health insurance, median household income, educational attainment and income inequality – in side-by-side map views for 22 cities, in addition to the existing state views.
• National maps
displaying 2010 data at the state-and county-level, from the most recent national HIV prevalence data available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
• 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.
• 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 were provided directly by state, county and city health departments, depending on the entity responsible for HIV surveillance, and were also compiled by Rollins researchers.
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 (RSPH) 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.