FROM THE ARCHIVE

CDC: AIDS decline leveling off

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2001

Federal health officials are worried about the results of a report released on Monday by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which cites that the number of Americans who are developing AIDS and dying appears to be leveling off.

Researchers are especially concerned since a number of factors are contributing to an increase in HIV in certain communities such as African-American women and gay men. Native American men have the third highest new infection rate, according to a recent survey.

The report also showed positive change with the lowest amount of HIV transmitted to newborn infants from pregnant mothers since this data has been recorded.

The CDC also believes that the infection rate of Americans with HIV has remained constant at 40,000 people per year with approximately 800,000 to 900,000 people infected with the virus, nationwide. These figures are only estimates since there is no mandatory blood testing program in this country.

Get the Story:
Sharp Drop In AIDS Toll May Be Over (The Washington Post 8/14)
CDC says declines in AIDS cases, deaths leveling off (AP 8/14)

Relevant Links:
Wyoming Department of Health - http://wdhfs.state.wy.us/WDH/index.htm
20 Years of AIDS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/od/20years.htm

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