Georgia and south among hardest hit by HIV/AIDS, new map shows The GA Voice Editors June 3, 2011 Georgia AIDSVu is also the “first online tool to link state and county-level HIV prevalence data with local HIV testing sites, information about state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs and estimates of the percentage of HIV diagnoses that are made late in the course of the disease. AIDSVu will be updated on an ongoing basis as new data and information become available,” according to a press release from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory. According to Emory University, “The state and county-level data displayed on AIDSVu were obtained from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and compiled by researchers at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. The project is guided by a Technical Advisory Group with representatives from federal agencies, state health departments and non-governmental organizations working in HIV prevention, care and research. Financial support for AIDSVu was provided to Emory University by Gilead Sciences, Inc.” The profile of Georgia, according to the map, shows numbers from 2008, the most recent numbers available: • The estimated population of Georgia was 9,685,744 in 2008. • In 2008, there were 33,282 adults/adolescents in Georgia living with an HIV infection diagnosis. • The estimated percent of adults/adolescents diagnosed with AIDS within 12 months of initial HIV infection diagnosis in 2008 was 32.9 percent. • In 2008, 15 percent of the population of Georgia lived below the federal poverty line. • There are currently 1520 people on Georgia’s ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program) waiting list as of May 20, 2011. Also as part of the profile of Georgia, the map shows • Rate ratio of black to white males living with an HIV infection diagnosis: 5.1 : 1 • Rate ratio of Hispanic to white males living with an HIV infection diagnosis: 1.2 : 1 • Rate ratio of black to white females living with an HIV infection diagnosis: 12.8 : 1 • Rate ratio of Hispanic to white females living with an HIV infection diagnosis: 3.1 : 1 Also, Georgia had the seventh highest number of AIDS cases in the United States and the eighth highest rate of AIDS cases per 100,000 people in 2004. Gay and bisexual men still account for the highest number of cases. SHARE ON Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website + nine = 18 Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.