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Medical News & Perspectives
October 6, 1999

Slowing Decline in AIDS Deaths Prompts Concern

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JAMA. 1999;282(13):1216-1217. doi:10.1001/jama.282.13.1216-JMN1006-3-1

The era of dramatic declines attributed to combination drug therapy seen in the rate of AIDS deaths in the United States may be over, public health researchers worry.

Statistics released at the National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta in late August showed that 17,047 people died of AIDS in 1998, compared with 21,222 in 1997. The statistics, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a cosponsor of the conference, show a similar pattern in AIDS incidence, with 44,289 new cases in 1998, an 11% decline from 49,667 in 1997.