Emory University June 1 unveiled an interactive map pinpointing the national dimensions of infection rates for HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS. The project, introduced in Washington, D.C., is the first online tool to link county and state HIV figures to provide a snapshot of HIV infection rates for a specific county.

The map, called AIDSVu, was created by researchers at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and was compiled from data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide data about HIV occurrence by race, age and sex. Users can click on any part of the map and see up-to-date statistics along with HIV testing and vaccine clinical trial sites.

James Curran, the dean of the school of public health, said the project offers a wake-up call about public health.

“AIDSVu is an important new public health tool that makes data on the geography of HIV in the United States available to anyone with an Internet connection,” Curran stated in a press release. “AIDSVu shows us that every area of the country is affected by HIV, and we hope that AIDSVu helps individuals better understand HIV in their communities and take charge of their health.”

The project is designed to advance President Obama’s initiative to reduce HIV incidence, increase access to care and optimize health outcomes and reduce HIV-related health disparities, Emory officials said.

The map is accessible at www.aidsvu.org.