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CDC Sharply Raises Estimate of HIV Cases in US

New test indicates 40% more infected in US each year than reported
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2008 1:13 PM CDT

(Newser) – A lot more people in the US have HIV than previously thought. A new CDC study suggests that the US has undercounted by about 15,000 cases a year for 15 years or so, the New York Times reports. That would add 225,000 cases to the current estimate of about 1 million. The new figures are likely to have a big impact on decisions about AIDS policy in the US and fuel criticism about prevention measures, the Times notes.

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The study looked specifically at 2006 and revised the official estimate of new infections by 40%, from 40,000 to 56,300. Other findings: More than a third of new infections occur in those between the ages of 13 and 29; gay men account for 53% of infections; and black people, who account for 45% of infections, get HIV at a rate seven times that of whites, and three times that of Hispanics, another group that is affected disproportionately.
(Read more HIV/AIDS stories.)

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