Herald Online, Charlotte, South Carolina (09.12.2013)
Aids Weekly Plus
AIDSVu, an online tool created by Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health to illustrate US HIV prevalence by location, recently released interactive mapping information for the HIV infection rate in Memphis, Tenn. The new information, released as part of AIDSVu’s annual update on National HIV Testing Day in June, added Memphis to a list of 19 other cities with information available by ZIP code or census tract.
AIDSVu is a free online system that maps HIV prevalence in the United States at the national, state, and local levels. Demographic filters include race/ethnicity, sex, and age as well as HIV prevalence related to poverty, income, education, and lack of health insurance. The maps identify areas throughout the United States with the highest HIV rates, including metropolitan areas in the South and the Northeast, providing an easy-to-understand visual account of areas that need more prevention and testing and treatment services.
“Our National HIV/AIDS Strategy calls for reducing new HIV infections by intensifying our efforts in HIV prevention where the epidemic is most concentrated,” said Patrick S. Sullivan, PhD, DVM, professor of epidemiology at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and AIDSVu’s principal researcher. “AIDSVu provides a roadmap to identifying those high-prevalence areas of the HIV epidemic and showing where the local testing resources are located. The addition of new city data means that AIDSVu now displays data from 20 US cities, including Memphis.”
The project has an advisory committee and advisory group represented by federal and state agencies as well as nongovernmental HIV advocacy groups.