California: HIV Count in State Misses Thousands
February 25, 2010
A Legislative Analyst's Office report released Monday finds an outdated public health surveillance tracking system has missed tens of thousands of HIV cases -- costing California possibly tens of millions of dollars in federal funding.
States receive federal money for HIV/AIDS-related prevention, medical, and social services based on the number of reported cases. Epidemiologists estimate California has between 68,000 and 106,000 residents living with HIV who have not progressed to AIDS. But as of April, just 36,000 of those people had been counted by the state's surveillance system.
Lisa Murawski, author of the report, blames a surveillance system that is not properly tracking patients. Another part of the problem is the number of HIV-positive people who do not know their status.View Full Article
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