Map Tracks How OC, Other Counties Fare With HIV/AIDS Rates

The National Minority Quality Forum created an online map to coincide with last month's National HIV Testing Day that shows what areas of the country have the most cases of HIV/AIDS. It's available here. You first have to register, free of charge, to use the map. You can then punch in a state, county and congressional district and find out how it fares.

The methodology is based on the number of people reported with HIV/AIDS by county health officials versus the county's population in 2000. Punch in Orange County and you'll see it's at threat level orange when it comes to its AIDS prevalence rate. The color is merely coincidental; it rises in hue to darkest red for the worst of the worst areas when it comes to frequency of AIDS cases.

Orange puts Orange County at 0.104 percent to 0.247 percent of people living with AIDS, which is about the same as Los Angeles County. By comparison, San Francisco County is pinkish red, one shade less than dark red, with a 0.248-0.592 percent rate. Orange County fares slightly better when it comes to the prevalence of HIV (non-AIDS). The threat level color is yellowish, with a 0.106-0.194 percent rate.


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