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 Orange County performing?
In 2014, there were 92 people living with HIV per 100,000 residents in Orange, higher than the state (excluding NYC) and Dutchess rates (both 82) and Ulster (84). The rate of people living with HIV in Orange was the highest in the region, and the only county with an increase 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.