Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Recently Launched: Interactive Access to CDC’s HIV and STD Data

From the AIDS.gov Blog by 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a new interactive web tool—the NCHHSTP Atlas—that allows users to create maps, charts, and tables using HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted disease (STD) data collected by CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP).

Many public health professionals are likely familiar with other data applications, such asAIDS Vu and CDC-Wonder. The Atlas differs from these tools in a number of ways. For example, while AIDS Vu contains people living with HIV data for 2008, the Atlas contains AIDS, HIV and STD data for multiple years—from 2000 to 2009, in some cases.
As a result, the Atlas has the ability to show data trends, offers a variety of mapping options, and allows the user to download and export the data and all of the graphics.  Furthermore, the Atlas has two-way data stratifications of HIV data and three-way stratifications of STD data.
Finally, the Atlas is built on GIS software, rather than Google Earth. This allows for more emphasis on mapping, display, and analyses. And all of the maps, tables, pie charts, and bar graphs included in the Atlas are interactive.
Direct to NCHHSTP AtlasIncludes link to 7.5 minute video intro.

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