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March 1992

The Second 100,000 Cases of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome—United States, June 1981-December 1991

Arch Dermatol. 1992;128(3):316. doi:10.1001/archderm.1992.01680130026002

The first cases of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) were reported in June 1981.1 From 1981 through December 1987, 50,000 AIDS cases had been reported to CDC, and by August 1989, 100,000 cases had been reported.2 From September 1989 through November 1991, state and territorial health departments reported 100,000 additional cases. By December 31,1991, a cumulative total of 206,392 cases had been reported, and the cumulative number of reported deaths associated with AIDS was 133,232. This report presents characteristics of the first and second 100,000 persons with AIDS.

Overall, most reported AIDS cases occurred among homosexual/bisexual men (i.e., men who reported sexual contact with other men) (59% ) and injecting-drug users (IDUs) (22%). Of the first 100,000 reported AIDS cases, 61% occurred among homosexual/bisexual men with no history of IDU, and 20%, among female or heterosexual male IDUs. In comparison, of the second 100,000 reported cases, 55% occurred among homosexual/bisexual men

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