The U.S. Census Bureau on July 21 released its annually updated interactive global resource on HIV prevalence, AIDS cases and AIDS deaths. The database is the most comprehensive resource of its kind in the world, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, which includes the Census Bureau.
First developed in 1987, the database now holds more than 164,000 statistics, the Commerce Department said in a July 21 blog post. This is an increase of approximately 5,900 new estimates in the last year.
The database is maintained with funding from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), through the U.S. Agency for International Development. It is the world's only resource that consolidates HIV/AIDS information for policymakers, academics and health care professionals who conduct research to help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Its longtime series of global findings and annual updates serve as a resource for the many health care leaders throughout the world working on HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment.
The tool consists of a library of statistics from more than 14,900 sources in international scientific and medical journals, individual countries' annual HIV/AIDS surveillance reports, and papers and posters presented at international conferences. China represents 28 percent of the new records in the database, the largest increase by a single country.
The menu-driven access tool enables users to search for statistical information in countries and territories across the world, as well as by subpopulation, geographic subarea (such as urban and rural), age, sex and year, from the 1960s to 2013.
Some 12,000 delegates — including scientists, activists and people living with HIV/AIDS — are meeting July 20–25 in Melbourne, Australia, to assess the progress in the global fight against the disease, discuss the best paths forward in medical research, and strategize on how best to eliminate the stigma associated with the disease.
The Census Bureau's interactive HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base can be found on the bureau's website.