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April 1990

Update: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome— United States, 1989

Arch Dermatol. 1990;126(4):440. doi:10.1001/archderm.1990.01670280022003

During 1989, state and territorial health departments reported 35,238 cases (14.0 per 100,000 population) of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) to CDC. Rates (reported cases per 100,000 population) were highest for blacks and Hispanics; for persons 30-39 years of age; in the Northeast region and in U.S. territories (primarily reflecting rates in Puerto Rico); in the largest metropolitan areas; and for men. Rates varied widely among states.* As in previous years, most reported cases occurred among men who had had sex with other men (homosexual/bisexual men) (56%) and among heterosexual intravenous-drug users (IVDUs) (23%).

The number of AIDS cases in 1989 can be compared with those in 1988 in two ways: 1) by using cases reported during these two periods, although these cases may have been diagnosed in earlier periods, and 2) by using cases diagnosed in these two periods and adjusting for reporting delays.1 These two comparisons yield different

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