55% of States Have Seen an Increase in the HIV Infection Rate Since the Year 2000

HIV rate change from 2000 to 2013 by state

HIV, the virus that causes the immune system attacking disease commonly known as AIDS, has been a public concern since the early 80’s. Much has been spent on research and awareness programs that have helped to slow the growth of the disease in the United States. After digging through some CDC statistics, I thought it would be interesting to see how we are doing on a state-by-state basis, and the results for the first part of this century are mixed.

Turns out that 55% of states (28 out of 51 – including DC) actually had a higher HIV diagnosis rate in 2013 than they did in the year 2000, some as much as a 460% increase. The percent change for each state can be seen on the interactive map below. Hover over each state to see the details. A simple table of the data is also included below the map.

The CDC defines the diagnosis rate as the number of diagnoses per 100,000 residents.

Interactive Map of HIV Diagnosis rates for years 2000 and 2013:

Summary of States Outcomes:

States with an Increase in HIV Cases States with a Decrease in HIV Cases States with No Change
North Dakota, South Dakota, Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio, North Carolina, Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Texas, Maryland, Iowa, Arizona, West Virginia, Indiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, Montana, Nevada, Illinois, Wyoming, Kansas, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Michigan, Idaho, Virginia California, Missouri, Oregon, Alaska, New Mexico, Nebraska, Florida, Colorado, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Hawaii, District of Columbia, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Utah, Vermont. New Hampshire

All Rates by State and Year:

State Year 2000 Year 2013 percent change
Alabama 10.9 12.9 18.35%
Alaska 3.5 3.2 -8.57%
Arizona 9.0 11.4 26.67%
Arkansas 7.3 13.0 78.08%
California 14.0 13.9 -0.71%
Colorado 7.3 6.3 -13.70%
Connecticut 18.2 9.7 -46.70%
Delaware 28.2 13.7 -51.42%
District of Columbia 153.0 94.6 -38.17%
Florida 31.1 27.5 -11.58%
Georgia 15.1 30.2 100.00%
Hawaii 9.5 6.2 -34.74%
Idaho 1.7 1.8 5.88%
Illinois 14.2 16.2 14.08%
Indiana 6.4 7.7 20.31%
Iowa 3.2 4.1 28.13%
Kansas 4.8 5.4 12.50%
Kentucky 5.2 9.2 76.92%
Louisiana 15.2 30.3 99.34%
Maine 3.1 2.4 -22.58%
Maryland 27.7 36.7 32.49%
Massachusetts 18.9 14.9 -21.16%
Michigan 7.7 8.2 6.49%
Minnesota 3.8 5.9 55.26%
Mississippi 15.2 18.0 18.42%
Missouri 8.2 8.0 -2.44%
Montana 1.8 2.1 16.67%
Nebraska 4.6 4.1 -10.87%
Nevada 14.3 16.5 15.38%
New Hampshire 2.5 2.5 0.00%
New Jersey 22.9 24.5 6.99%
New Mexico 7.9 7.2 -8.86%
New York 32.7 19.4 -40.67%
North Carolina 8.6 16.0 86.05%
North Dakota 0.5 2.8 460.00%
Ohio 5.3 10.4 96.23%
Oklahoma 10.2 12.0 17.65%
Oregon 6.1 5.8 -4.92%
Pennsylvania 13.8 11.2 -18.84%
Rhode Island 9.7 7.7 -20.62%
South Carolina 20.2 16.3 -19.31%
South Dakota 1.1 4.1 272.73%
Tennessee 15.2 13.0 -14.47%
Texas 12.8 18.4 43.75%
Utah 6.8 3.2 -52.94%
Vermont 6.2 2.2 -64.52%
Virginia 12.6 12.9 2.38%
Washington 8.7 6.9 -20.69%
West Virginia 3.5 4.3 22.86%
Wisconsin 4.1 4.6 12.20%
Wyoming 2.2 2.5 13.64%

Data source: HIV Surveillance Report from the CDC for years 2000 and 2013.

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