What is AHEAD?
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP), has developed a unique data visualization tool that will provide the federal government, jurisdictions, and stakeholders a site where validated data sources can be accessed for use in decision making to help reach the goal of the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE) initiative.
AHEAD currently displays baseline data, progress data, and indicator targets for six indicators. Using 2017 baseline data for the HIV indicators, AHEAD will enable users to monitor progress towards meeting targets. Data are displayed for each of the EHE priority jurisdictions [48 counties, Washington, D.C. and San Juan, PR, which accounted for more than 50% of all U.S. HIV diagnoses in 2016 and 2017 as well as seven (primarily southern) states with high burdens of HIV in rural communities].
Why was 2017 chosen as the baseline year?
2017 was chosen as the baseline year to create the 2025 and 2030 targets because 2017 was the most recent year for which complete annual data were available after the initiative was announced.
Why were these 6 indicators selected?
Each indicator was chosen with specific public health goals in mind and in line with the four key strategies of the initiative: diagnose, prevent, treat and respond. Incidence measures our overarching goal of reducing new transmissions by 90% by 2030. Diagnoses, and Knowledge of Status are all key to identifying which individuals need to be linked to care, and represent important steps on the HIV Care Continuum. Data have shown that, upon diagnosis, immediate linkage to care and treatment results in improved HIV outcomes, so it is important to track how these indicators change over time. Viral Suppression and PrEP use will have the greatest impact on reducing new transmissions if they are scaled up.
Why are 2018 data being displayed?
Additional data will be displayed as they become available. AHEAD strives to include progress data in the most recent year available so as to provide the most updated picture of how jurisdictions are progressing towards reaching their goals.
Why are data for only some states displayed?
More than 50 percent of new HIV diagnoses in 2016 and 2017 occurred in 48 counties, Washington, D.C., and San Juan, Puerto Rico. In Phase I between 2020 - 2025, the EHE initiative prioritizes these jurisdictions plus seven states with a high burden of HIV in rural areas. State-level data for each of the 48 EHE jurisdiction counties is included to provide context.
How do I cite AHEAD?
AHEAD can be cited in the following format, using APA style.
U.S. Health and Human Services. (2019, August 18). America’s HIV Epidemic Analysis Dashboard (AHEAD). Retrieved from https://ahead.hiv.gov/
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The Evolution of AHEAD
The initial version of AHEAD displays baseline data for the nation and jurisdictions (where data are available) for each of the six indicators. Leveraging input from key stakeholders and partners, additional decision support features and data sets will continue to be added to the system. Over the next year, additional features and information about the EHE Initiative will be added to the site. As AHEAD evolves, the site will become more interactive, integrate more data sources, and provide both national and jurisdictional leaders with the tools to make decisions on resources and interventions in their communities. This site will also serve as a primary site to share information about EHE progress, interventions, and success stories.
For more information about the data featured on the dashboard, visit the Data Methods page.
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