People living with HIV
What does this measure?
The number of people living with HIV, per 100,000 residents.
Why is this important?
HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is a serious though preventable infection that has a disproportionate impact on ethnic and racial minorities. Although there is no cure, new treatments are helping people with HIV live longer. Still, these treatment regimens are complex, cause serious side effects, and become ineffective as HIV mutates.
How is Dutchess County performing?
In 2013, there were 88 people living with HIV per 100,000 residents in Dutchess, higher than the state (excluding NYC) rate of 84, Orange County rate (85) and Ulster rate (87). The rate of people living with HIV increased by 80% in Dutchess from 2000 to 2013.
Notes about the data
Figures do not include prisoners, as counts with prisoners increased rates dramatically for counties with correctional facilities. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter, with a two-year delay.