Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mapping HIV

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 3:58 PM

The National Minority Quality Forum recently released a map of county-level data on HIV/AIDS prevalence rates for the entire nation.

"The Atlas gives elected officials, advocates and citizens alike the ability to create a snapshot of the disease in their community," Phil Wilson, founder and CEO of the Black Aids Institute, is quoted as saying on the website. "The Atlas allows communities to build more effective education, prevention and testing campaigns."

[A side note: National HIV Testing Day is this Saturday. Oh, we have a story about it in this week's Fly-by section of the Flyer, which I will link to once it's uploaded to the site.]

At any rate, using the group's HIV/AIDS Atlas website, one can focus on HIV/AIDS data by gender, race, and age.

This is the overall prevalence of HIV in Shelby County, by percentage. (Shelby County is the black outlined area in the middle.)

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This is the overall AIDS rate.

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The numbers are based on 2006 data, so they're a little out of date, but I think you get the general idea.

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