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Interactive Maps that Tell a Story

April 5, 2012

Sorry to be a Debbie Downer here, but this is a really fascinating interactive map:

Over the years, media focus on the AIDS epidemic has considerably waned, which has left the general public with the false impression that the disease has somehow become less deadly, or less likely to spread. The attitude is “oh, you can just take drugs for it now” and that’s the end of it. This Google map of data from 2008, however, tells a much more sobering story. You can zoom in to your own county and see how many people in your county are living with HIV or AIDS — you can also see the distribution of these people by age, sex, race and relative poverty. Perhaps the most eye-opening part of the map is the realization that states like Arizona and South Carolina are the heaviest hit with the epidemic.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. chat1cat1 permalink
    April 5, 2012 8:33 pm

    Hi Merry,

    This is a very interesting interactive map and also very disturbing when you look at the overall color scheme of the map. The shading is very scary and gives the impression of a dire situation or hot topic. I am so amazed at the amount of information that’s available about this horrible disease. I am just stun by the large number of AIDS cases 30 years after discovery. This map and the information it contains is very important and yet scary. Thanks for the link.

  2. yierjiang permalink
    April 5, 2012 9:14 pm

    Hi Merry, Thank you for the impressive map. I never thought that there are so many AIDS cases…Actually this map is informative and very impressive!!

  3. April 6, 2012 12:33 am

    Hi Merry,

    Having a visual image of how much this disease affects any area does create a greater sense of urgency. The image literally looks like a disease on the country, it’s just terrible. I know a few brave people that have been living HIV positive for years with various treatments and medications. I think it’s almost impossible to be unaffected by this disease in some way. You’re right, it isn’t something that has been eradicated and as the article says, illness is not deterred by any particular location. It’s great that this is consistently updated, too. Someday there will be a cure and I hope it happens soon. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. April 6, 2012 2:04 pm

    That was very sobering and you are right about the visual effect of seeing the concentrations of HIV infected persons here in the United States. I’m afraid that I am one of those persons who has not thought much of this disease. This was an eye opener! Thank you for that.

  5. mjhopper permalink
    April 6, 2012 8:09 pm

    Loved, loved, loved this map! Sounds odd doesn’t it? It brings home HIV/AIDS. I agree, most people have been lulled into thinking that AIDS is not a big problem any longer. I have a friend who is HIV positive and I see how this disease impacts his daily life. Can you believe there are still places in the world who swear that they don’t have a problem with HIV/AIDS?

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