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HIV Infections On The Rise?

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Sexually transmitted diseases are having a ball at humanity’s expense. Not only have nasty bugs like syphilis and chlamydia seen a recent resurgence, but it appears HIV’s making more headway than some would like to admit:

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention is mulling over when to release alarming new statistics showing that as many as 50 percent more people are being infected with HIV each year in the United States than originally reported by the government.

According to AIDS advocacy groups familiar with the CDC, middle level officials at the disease prevention agency have quietly confided in colleagues in professional and scientific circles that the number of new HIV infections now appears to be as high as 58,000 to 63,000 cases in the most recent 12-month period.

On its web site this week, the CDC left unchanged its longstanding estimate that about 40,000 Americans per year become infected with HIV, a figure it says has remained “relatively stable” for most of the past decade.

“Relatively stable” and “HIV” ain’t the best combination, if you ask us…

Internal CDC sources can’t confirm when or where the data will be published, but some are questioning the data’s severity and meaning:

Two sources familiar with the CDC, who spoke on condition that they not be identified, said CDC officials have said privately that the higher numbers of HIV cases appear to be driven by more rigorous and accurate HIV reporting by the states of existing cases rather than by an actual increase in the number of new cases.

New federal rules requiring states to keep track of the names of everyone who tests positive for HIV took effect in most states in January.

Let’s hope the spike’s a result of better data maintenance, because a 50 percent annual increase could spell doom for all of our futures.

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Nov 15, 2007
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  • 6 Comments
    • Brandon85
      Brandon85

      New federal rules requiring states to keep track of the names of everyone who tests positive for HIV took effect in most states in January.

      Since the gov’t goes this far, I’m surprised there is no mandate that everyone get tested. But I shouldn’t be because it’s gonna happen one day.

      Nov 15, 2007 at 1:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • eagledancer4444
      eagledancer4444

      Some here in Washington State are attempting to have everyone tested as standard procedure…many of the Doctors are fighting it.

      Nov 15, 2007 at 2:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mike
      mike

      being 20 or more years positve i remeber when it was said by all not to be tested but that was a time when there were no medicans available i survived unlike many who i knew because of knowing and staring on a test medicane .

      why would anyone especialy doctors ( who are the key investors of new medicans ) be opposed to getting tested a true reality count might wake up all those in de-nile
      that goes for goverment , active singels , youth & non assuming spouses who ever ….what & who would it hurt ? but those who have not addressed the issue head on .
      wake up be honest with your self & be counted

      Nov 15, 2007 at 2:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gamemonk0
      gamemonk0

      Is your privacy really equal to being able to protect unsuspecting partners from getting the virus?

      The argument just doesn’t stand up.

      Nov 15, 2007 at 7:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brandon85
      Brandon85

      Who made that argument? I certainly wouldn’t be opposed.

      Nov 15, 2007 at 8:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Simon
      Simon

      HIV + people on a site called pozcupid.com also get test result says that HIV is on rise. People who don’t use condom are at risk. keep your eye on the ball

      Nov 16, 2007 at 12:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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