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Monday, August 11, 2008

HIV Cases Underestimated in USA

A new Center for Disease Control study suggests that more people in the USA have HIV than was previously thought. The estimate could be off by about 15,000 cases a year for 15 years, according to the New York Times. The study found that the rate is 40 percent higher than had been estimated.

That would bring the current estimate of about 1.5 million HIV infected persons in the USA. The new figures will lead to changes in US AIDS policy.

The study looked at 2006 and revised the official estimate of new infections by 40%, from 40,000 to 56,300.

The groups with the most new infections include people between the ages of 13 and 29; gay men; blacks, and Hispanics.

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