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 the region performing?
In 2014, there were 87 people living with HIV per 100,000 residents in the Mid-Hudson Valley region, higher than the state (excluding NYC) rate of 82. The rate decreased by 15% in the region since 2002. Orange had the highest rate per 100,000 residents (92), followed by Ulster (84) and Dutchess (82).
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.