Washington, D.C., Has Higher AIDS Incidence Rate Than Baltimore, San Francisco, New York
July 18, 2003
Washington, D.C., has a higher AIDS incidence rate than Baltimore, San Francisco and New York, according to research findings scheduled to be presented on July 28 at the National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta, the Washington Post reports (Vargas, Washington Post, 7/17). Guy-Oreido Weston, director of the data and research division of the District of Columbia Department of Health's HIV/AIDS Administration, and colleagues administered a questionnaire to AIDS surveillance coordinators for cities and incorporated places included in the Census Bureau's ranking by 2000 population size. The questionnaires requested data on annual AIDS incidence by year of diagnosis through June 30, 2000. Researchers determined 40 cities' incidence rates using Census Bureau data on population size for denominators and then ranked the cities by AIDS incidence rate. According to updated 2001 data, researchers found that Washington, D.C., had the highest AIDS incidence rate -- 119 AIDS cases for every 100,000 people -- among cities with more than 500,000 residents. Other cities with high AIDS incidence rates included Baltimore, with 117 cases per 100,000 people; San Francisco with 67 per 100,000; New York City with 64 per 100,000; and Philadelphia with 58 per 100,000. Researchers also found that the median AIDS incidence rate among the 27 largest U.S. cities was 22 cases for every 100,000 people (Weston et al., Study abstract, 7/17). The study is the first to compare the district to other cities rather than to states, Weston said.
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