July 9, 2013
Have you checked out the new AIDSVu? Presented by the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University (home to Kimberley Hagen, who taught the very first online course on AIDS), AIDSVu is an interactive, online map that illuminates HIV prevalence rates throughout the U.S. Though AIDSVu has been functional since 2011, only certain areas of the country -- like New York City or Washington, D.C. -- had zip code-level analysis available. On June 27, 2013, National HIV Testing Day, AIDSVu unveiled a new map with more complete data on its website.
An AIDSVu map of New York state showing county-to-county HIV prevalence rates. (Credit: AIDSVu.org)
The national, state and local data available through AIDSVu allow users to explore the HIV epidemic by the numbers -- and access important prevention and treatment resources, like HIV testing venues, clinic locations, and HIV vaccine and other clinical trial sites. The map also lets users filter data through the lenses of race/ethnicity, sex, age, educational attainment and income. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's national HIV surveillance database supplies the state- and county-level data. Local-level data comes directly from state, county and city health departments.
An AIDSVu map of HIV testing locations available in ZIP code 10010. (Credit: AIDSVu.org)
AIDSVu allows users to quickly and easily access data from their own city or county, and incorporates knowledge with treatment and prevention resources -- a great model for the role of the Internet and social media in fighting HIV. AIDSVu is also available in Spanish, thanks to the Latino Commission on AIDS. Take some time to take knowledge into your own hands and explore the site!
How do you think it's best to use AIDSVu? Can AIDSVu help nonprofits and community-based organizations with their local and national work? Did your exploration of the map show you any surprises? Share your thoughts in the comments section of this article.
Mathew Rodriguez is the editorial project manager for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
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