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 2013, there were 86 people living with HIV per 100,000 residents in the Mid-Hudson Valley region, in line with the state (excluding NYC) rate of 84. The rate increased by 76% in the region from 2000 to 2013. Dutchess had the highest rate (88), followed by Ulster (87) and Orange (85). The rate in each county increased each year from 2010 through 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.