In 2018, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention determined that an estimated 1.1 million people are living in the United States with diagnosed HIV. In the past, HIV was considered an extremely deadly disease, with those diagnosed given a prognosis of less than two years. Thanks to the wonders of modern medicine and the advancement of HIV treatment (an antiretroviral therapy called ART), individuals diagnosed with HIV have opportunities to live long, healthy lives. In fact, almost half of the people living with HIV in America are over 50 years old, showing just how effective the treatment is.
This infographic uses data from AIDSVu (an interactive mapping tool launched by Emory University’s School of Public Health) to show where HIV is most prevalent in the United States. This can help with outreach efforts to bring more education and better treatment to these areas. With more awareness, the HIV epidemic can continue to be managed until a cure is found.
Infographic by: www.smartadvocate.com