HIV/AIDS among Minority Races and Ethnicities in the United States: METHODS
After removing patient and physician identifiers, state health departments routinely send confidential HIV infection (cialis professional 20 mg treating HIV infection when used in combination with other medicines) and AIDS case reports to CDC through the HIV/AIDS Reporting System. The information reported for each case includes demographics, mode of exposure, laboratory data, clinical status, and referrals for treatment or services.
We analyzed HIV/AIDS data reported to the CDC through June 2004 for the most recent four years from 32 states (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming). These states have had confidential name-based reporting of HIV infection ( treating HIV infection) since at least 1999. For analysis of AIDS data, we used data for the most recent five years from the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
HIV/AIDS and AIDS data were adjusted for delays in reporting and for redistribution of cases in persons initially reported without an identified risk factor. We calculated annual HIV/AIDS and AIDS diagnoses and diagnosis rates per 100,000 by race/ethnicity and sex, and we calculated the rates of the numbers of persons living with HIV/AIDS and with AIDS at the end of 2003 by race/ethnicity. Population denominators used to compute rates were based on postcensus estimates from the US. Census Bureau and bridged-race estimates from the National Center for Health Statistics. For geographic analysis of diagnoses of AIDS, the 50 states and the District of Columbia were assigned to four U.S. regions as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.