Today is National HIV Testing Day
By Chelsea Bailey | June 27, 2013
Today is National HIV Testing Day, and to mark the importance of testing, AIDSVu will release a revised interactive map illustrating the prevalence of HIV in the United States. The online interactive guide is dedicated to empowering citizens and HIV/AIDS activists by highlighting the regions of the country most affected by the disease on a national, state and local level.
Using data provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s national HIV surveillance database, AIDSVu utilizes hyperlocal indicators – like zip codes – in addition to national and state-level maps for 20 major cities.
Powerful mapping tools like the AIDSVu project should be expanded into countries where the HIV/AIDS epidemic is the worst. Visual representations of abstract data could help health ministries track the success of prevention programs, and determine levels of access to treatment and where to place clinics and treatment facilities.
EGPAF joins health workers and activists in the fight against HIV around the world in encouraging everyone to honor National HIV Testing Day by getting tested. In the fight to create a generation free from HIV, knowledge is one of the most powerful prevention tools in our arsenal.
Chelsea Bailey is Communications Assistant for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.