Achieving Together has big goals. How will we know if we are on track to reach them? The Texas Department of State Health Services compiles data from a number of sources in order to look at HIV diagnosis, care, and treatment and to understand differences across regions and populations.
On the Overview of HIV in Texas page, you will see how HIV affects the state as a whole. Using 2017 data, this page describes:
- The total number of people living with HIV in the state
- The number of new diagnoses
- Modes of transmission (in other words, how people acquired HIV)
- The impact on priority populations and people of different racial/ethnic groups, genders, and ages.
On the HIV By Region Interactive Data Map page, you’ll see the map of Texas divided into 26 regions. When you click on a region, you will see two important pieces of data that can help regional planners set priorities for action:
- The percentage of people living with HIV in that area who are retained in care and
- The percentage of those in care who have achieved viral suppression.
These percentages are related to two of Achieving Together’s measurements of success.
If you want to explore a region’s data in more detail, you can download a PDF of the 2017 Continuum of Care data packet. These detailed data packets give an in-depth look at factors that can help program planners set priorities and strategies for their area, including:
- The populations affected by HIV in that region
- The proportion of people living with HIV who are linked to care
- The proportion of people living with HIV who are retained in care
- The proportion of people retained in care who achieve viral suppression
- Information about disparities across population groups
According to the data, what are the highest priorities for your area?