February 17, 2004
The data culled from the reported information could help determine how to spend federal funding for HIV/AIDS prevention and care programs, some health officials say, according to the Times. Dr. Harold Jaffe, director of CDC's National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention, said that compared with AIDS reporting, HIV case reporting "puts a younger face on the epidemic," according to the Times. He added that initial reports demonstrate that there is a higher proportion of women and minorities represented among HIV cases, "and that gives us an indication of where infections are occurring." Dr. Matthew McKenna, director of NCHSTP's HIV Incidence and Care Surveillance Branch, said that AIDS case reporting "now has become much more of an indicator of who is getting treated, who is not getting tested early, and how effective therapy is." He added that the focus on HIV cases will "help health officials learn how well the [prevention] measures are working," the Times reports (Altman, New York Times, 2/17).
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