Worth a Thousand Words: AIDSVu Updates its Maps


AIDSVu: Where the U.S. epidemic is really at.

If ever there was a website that was both cool and disturbing, Emory Univiversity’s AIDSVu is it.

AIDSVu’s interactive online maps display HIV prevalence and new infections by age, race and sex. The maps use CDC collected data to demonstrate those rates be they in rural or urban areas. AIDSVu visualizes where the needs for prevention, testing and treatment services are the most urgent. And now AIDSVu has just updated its maps!

Among the recent changes:

  • The national map shows higher rates of people living with HIV (prevalence) in the Northeast and in the American Southeast (very disturbing).


    AIDSVu reveals HIV rates exploding in the American South.

  • In many U.S. cities, there are heavily impacted urban cores with lower impact areas further from city centers.
  • The maps show that HIV disproportionately affects black and Hispanic/Latino Americans, in major metropolitan areas and rural areas.


    AIDSVu shows HIV rates for neighborhoods of many American cities such as New York.

There are, however, some new AIDSVu interactive features including:

  •  Data maps at the state-and county-level.
  •  Maps that show HIV prevalence by census tract for Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
  •  New ZIP code level maps for five U.S. cities – Memphis, Orlando, San Diego, Tampa and Virginia Beach.
  • Updated maps for Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles County, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Palm Beach, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Juan, and Washington, D.C.
  • HIV prevalence maps alongside social determinants of health – poverty, lack of health insurance, education and income – in side-by-side map views for states and 20 cities.

AIDSVu also provides downloadable pdfs and powerpoint slides of its many maps – terrific if you are planning on doing a presentation on the epidemic.

So check out AIDSVu.

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