It was June 15th, 1981 almost 30 years ago, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first known cases of what would eventually be called AIDS.
There have been many breakthroughs in the battle to fight HIV/AIDS, such as the use of antiretroviral therapy for treatment (and now for prevention), that have made HIV a ‘manageable’ disease.
But the news is not all good. There are still more than 50,000 people being infected with HIV each year in the United States and there are more than 1.1 million Americans living with HIV. HIV is still a big deal.
In an effort to visualize the current HIV epidemic in the United States, The Rollins Schools of Pubic Health at Emory University launched AISvu, which is an interactive map that provides a detailed view of the number of people living with HIV.
Not all states and counties are represented and the data is based on reports from 2008, but the map clearly shows the wide distribution of HIV.
Additionally, the data shows diagnosed rates and cases so the numbers are slightly deflated as an estimated one in five HIV positive people are undiagnosed.
The AIDSvu map will be updated as new data becomes available.