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February 4, 1998

Increasing Incidence of AIDS Among Women

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(5):354-356. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-5-jbk0204

To the Editor.— Drs Wortley and Fleming1 recently reported increases in AIDS among women in the United States, accounting for 19% of all cases in 1995, with incidence rates exceeding 20 per 100000 in Northeastern areas, in blacks and Hispanics. We reported steady and substantial increases in AIDS among European women from 1985 to 1994, reaching rates between 4 and 9 per 100000 and accounting for 15% to 20% of cases in southern Europe (ie, France, Spain, and Italy).2,3