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#1: US HIV Epidemic Goes Visual with Interactive Map

HIV surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is being used to populate an interactive map, capable of depicting the impact of HIV and mortality in the United States on national, state, and local levels.

The interactive map, AIDSVu, illustrates higher rates of infection and death in Southern States; racial disparities in HIV infection; and a rise in HIV diagnoses among the youth. In addition, according to a press release on the map, “two-thirds of all new HIV diagnoses in 2015 occurred in 2.5% of US counties." 

The South accounts for nearly 37% of the country’s population and more than half of all new diagnoses and deaths among individuals diagnosed with HIV. Five US cities––all located in the South––had the highest rates of new diagnoses: Miami, FL; Jackson, MS; New Orleans, LA; Baton Rouge, LA; and Atlanta, GA.  

Although the overall rate of new HIV infection is steadily declining, certain demographic groups and the opioid epidemic have played a role in HIV infections, according to the authors.

Continue reading about the new interactive map of the US HIV epidemic, here.
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