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 2014, there were 82 people living with HIV per 100,000 residents in Dutchess, on par with the state (excluding NYC) rate, and lower than both Orange (92) and Ulster (84) counties. The rate of people living with HIV decreased by 27% in Dutchess since 2002.
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.