Researchers launch interactive AIDS map

Researchers at Emory University on Wednesday launched an interactive map that for the first time allows viewers to seek AIDS data by poverty rate, race, ethnicity, age and gender at both the state and county levels.

The map, using the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "pinpoints areas of the country where HIV prevalence rates are the highest and where the needs for prevention, testing and treatment services are the most urgent," Emory said in a press release. The map comes 30 years after the first AIDS cases were reported to the CDC.

"AIDSVu is an important new public health tool that makes data on the geography of HIV in the United States available to anyone with an Internet connection," James Curran, dean of Emory's Rollins School of Public Health, said in a statement. "AIDSVu shows us that every area of the country is affected by HIV, and we hope that AIDSVu helps individuals better understand HIV in their communities and take charge of their health."