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October 1995

Update: Trends in AIDS Among Men Who Have Sex With Men— United States, 1989-1994

Arch Dermatol. 1995;131(10):1110-1111. doi:10.1001/archderm.1995.01690220016002

DURING 1994,local, state, and territorial health departments reported to CDC 34,974 cases of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) among men whose only reported HIV exposure was sexual contact with other men. Although previous reports indicated progressively smaller annual increases in cases of AIDS among men who have sex with men (MSM),1 male-to-male sexual contact continues to represent the most frequently reported mode of HIV transmission among persons with AIDS. This report summarizes trends during January 1989-June 1994 in the occurrence of AIDS among MSM aged greater than or equal to 13 years.*

For this analysis, AIDS surveillance data were reported from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for 6-month reporting periods (i.e., January-June and July— December). Because the AIDS surveillance case definition was expanded in 1993, trends in AIDS incidence are evaluated using the estimated incidence of AIDS-defining opportunistic illnesses (AIDS-OIs).2

Estimated AIDS-OI incidence is

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