Today is World AIDS Day.

The HIV/ Aids epidemic is still ravaging around the world, even though major progress and advances have been made. We work heart-driven to highlight and address the role of alcohol as risk factor for transmission and progression of HIV/ Aids.

In that work, evidence and data are essential. That’s why I want to share with you this interactive data visualization tool that shows estimated trends in HIV/AIDS death, incidence, and prevalence worldwide and by country for the years 1990 to 2013.

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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation has produced this useful overview. The IHME explains their method this way:

Estimated results were derived using a modified version of the UNAIDS Spectrum model based on a review of mortality on and off antiretroviral therapy. In concentrated epidemics we calibrated Spectrum to fit vital registration data corrected for misclassification of HIV deaths. In generalized epidemics we minimized a loss function to select epidemic curves most consistent with prevalence and demographic data. We incorporated a combination of data and reports from surveys, censuses, vital registration, and sample registration.


Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). HIV Worldwide 1990-2013. Seattle, WA: IHME, University of Washington, 2015. Available from (Accessed December 1, 2015)

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