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 Ulster County performing?
In 2013, there were 87 people living with HIV per 100,000 residents in Ulster, higher than the state (excluding NYC) rate of 84 and the rate in Orange (85), but slightly lower than in Dutchess (88). The rate of people in Ulster living with HIV has increased by 87% since 2000, the highest rate of increase in the region.
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.