WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Census Bureau today released its annually updated interactive global resource on the prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths. First developed in 1987, the database now holds more than 164,000 statistics, an increase of approximately 5,900 new estimates in the last year, and is the most comprehensive resource of its kind in the world.
The Census Bureau database is maintained with funding from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
"The Census Bureau's HIV/AIDS database 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," Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson said. "The Census Bureau continues to add new data, making this an ever more valuable resource."
"PEPFAR and USAID are pleased to support the HIV/AIDS database maintained by the Census Bureau," said Ben Gustafson, deputy director of USAID's Office of HIV/AIDS. "The current annual updates and long time series of globally available findings in the database serve as a comprehensive and valuable resource for the many health care leaders throughout the world conducting research 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.
HIV-related statistics for the United States are available separately from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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