Tracking STDs, HIV, and AIDS in Texas



The Texas State Legislature’s recent and sweeping funding cuts to all family planning organizations – including the complete defunding of Planned Parenthood – has lead Data Revelations to examine five year’s of historical data on sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV / AIDS and suggest what the case count and incidence rates will look like in the near future.

Key Findings

  • Roughly ten percent of Texas’ 254 counties account for 80% of all cases.
  • Within these counties, the incidence rate for STDs is up 28% from 2006.
  • The incidence rate for HIV is up 5%, but for AIDS it is down 31%.
  • The two counties that can boast the largest rate decrease for all diseases tracked in the study are Hays (-13.9%) and Travis (-7.4%).
  • The two counties with the greatest incidence rate increase for all diseases tracked in the study are Jefferson (+122%) and El Paso (+65.5%).
  • There appears to be a strong correlation between the existence of Planned Parenthood locations and decreased incidence rates.
  • We believe that the recent cuts in family planning funding will lead to a large increase in cases in 2012.

Click here for a discussion on how to use these visualizations and how we came to our findings.

Data source: Texas Department of Health Services

 Posted by on September 16, 2011  Add comments

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  1. Wow – this is very well done & impressive!  Best of luck in the competition, this is surely a deserving entry.

  2. I am simply amazed at the numbers here. You hear about increases but it really hits home when you see the actual numbers.

  3. Congratulations…a deserving win! Have a great time in Vegas!

  4. I would love to see the family planning services data to understand how that supports your conclusion.

  5. Jeff,

    Which conclusion? If you get a chance, do have a look at which focuses attention on where I think the major problem will be.

    On thing I now realize is that it’s very difficult to tell which clinics are succeeding and which are failing as we know nothing about office hours, staff, etc. For example, there appear to be a lot of clinics located in Hidalgo county. Maybe some of them are only open two or three days a week. The data for this is not readily available.


  6. On “Cases and Rates by county”, is a date parameter missing?

  7. Beautiful work! Have you been able to do a follow up to this, with the next 5-6 years of data?

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