News Release
June 27, 2014

AIDSVu Releases New Maps that Depict Impact of HIV in Chicago

New data compiled by the Chicago Department of Public Health and Emory University shows where prevention and treatment are needed most

CHICAGO – Today, on National HIV Testing Day, AIDSVu released new interactive online maps that show the latest HIV prevalence data for Chicago by ZIP code. AIDSVu is led by the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and displays HIV prevalence data alongside various social determinants of health – such as poverty, median household income, and education.

AIDSVu provides the most detailed publicly available view of HIV prevalence in the United States, offering a compilation of interactive online maps that display data at the national, state and local levels and by different demographics, including age, race and sex. These maps demonstrate where the needs for prevention, testing and treatment services are the most urgent.

CDPH uses surveillance data and collaborates on surveillance-related applications like AIDSVu to identify areas in greatest need of prevention and treatment services and inform where prevention activities should be focused. Data such as these are also used for community planning by the Chicago Area HIV Integrated Services Council (CAHISC). As the HIV planning council for CDPH, CAHISC is responsible for closely monitoring HIV trends in Chicago and ensuring that funds are allocated to effectively address the epidemic in at-risk communities.

“These interactive maps represent how we can harness new technologies to better understand and address HIV in all of our cities,” said CDPH Commissioner Bechara Choucair, M.D. “We hope this will further encourage residents to take charge of both their own health and that of their community.”

“The ability to locate and visualize where HIV services are most needed is an invaluable weapon in our fight against the HIV epidemic in the United States,” said Patrick S. Sullivan, PhD, DVM, Professor of Epidemiology at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and the principal researcher for AIDSVu. “These community visualizations not only provide a roadmap for Chicago in establishing testing and treatment centers, but show us nationally these 33 cities demand greater attention and education around HIV prevention.”

The free, interactive online tool’s new data and features include:

• New ZIP code-level maps showing HIV prevalence for 11 U.S. cities – Baton Rouge, LA; Boston, MA; Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT; Columbia, SC; Jackson, MS; Jacksonville, FL; Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI; Newark, NJ; New Haven-Milford, CT; Oakland, CA; and Richmond, VA

• Updated ZIP code-level maps showing HIV prevalence for Chicago and 21 cities – Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Hampton Roads, VA; Houston, TX; Los Angeles County; Memphis, TN; Miami, FL; New Orleans, LA; New York City; Orlando, FL; Palm Beach, FL; Philadelphia, PA; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; San Juan, PR; Tampa, FL; and Washington, D.C.

• New interactive maps of HIV prevalence data by census tract for Chicago, and updated census tract maps for Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

• A new neighborhood mapping pilot program showing HIV at the community area level for Chicago and ward level for Washington, D.C.

• HIV prevalence maps alongside social determinants of health – poverty, median household income, and education – in side-by-side map views for 33 cities.

• HIV testing and treatment locator maps, including NIH-funded HIV prevention, vaccine and treatment trials locations, viewable on AIDSVu’s interactive maps.

AIDSVu maps also illustrate the geographic variations in the HIV epidemic across the United States:

• The national map shows significantly higher rates of people living with HIV in the Northeast and the South than in much of the rest of the country. AIDSVu’s city maps demonstrate that, in many cities, there is a pattern of heavily impacted urban cores with relatively lower impact in areas further from city centers.

• The data on AIDSVu’s maps can be viewed by race/ethnicity. AIDSVu shows that HIV disproportionately affects black and Hispanic/Latino Americans, and that these disparities exist in both major metropolitan areas and rural areas.

• AIDSVu also provides downloadable and printable resources – including slide sets of the various map views available on the site – to help those who work in HIV prevention and treatment educate others about the U.S. epidemic.

AIDSVu and National HIV Testing Day:

• This year’s update of AIDSVu is being launched in conjunction with National HIV Testing Day. Currently, more than 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV, and almost one in six people with HIV do not know their status.

• Information about HIV prevalence at the local level – as shown on AIDSVu – can help individuals understand the impact of HIV in their communities and the importance of getting tested. The AIDSVu testing locator helps users find a place in their community to get tested for HIV.

The state- and county-level data displayed on AIDSVu were obtained from the CDC and compiled by researchers at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Data on HIV prevalence at the ZIP code, census tract and community area level were provided directly by the Chicago Department of Public Health - STI/HIV Division.

AIDSVu was developed by Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in partnership with Gilead Sciences, Inc. The project is guided by an Advisory Committee and a Technical Advisory Group with representatives from federal agencies, state health departments and non-governmental organizations working in HIV prevention, care and research.

About the Rollins School of Public Health
The Rollins School of Public Health is part of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The school houses six academic departments, 20 multidisciplinary centers – including an NIH-supported Center for AIDS Research – and over 160 full-time doctoral-level faculty members.