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June 1989

Update: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome— United States, 1981-1988

Arch Dermatol. 1989;125(6):749-751. doi:10.1001/archderm.1989.01670180021002

IN 1988, state and local health departments reported 32,311 persons (28,432 men, 3296 women, and 583 children (less than 13 years of age) diagnosed with illnesses that meet the CDC case definition for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)1 in the United States and its territories. Excluding U.S. territories, these persons represent an annual incidence rate of 13.7 AIDS cases per 100,000 population: 31.2 cases per 100,000 men, 3.2 cases per 100,000 women, and 1.3 cases per 100,000 children.* During this period, blacks and Hispanics had the highest annual incidence rates per 100,000 population (34.9 and 28.9, respectively), followed by whites (9.6), Asians/ Pacific Islanders (5.4), and American Indians/Alaskan Natives (2.2).

As of December 31, 1988, a total of 82,764 AIDS cases had been reported to CDC. The number of AIDS cases reported each year continues to increase; however, the rate of increase has steadily declined, except in 1987, when the revision

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