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Summary of Changes to the National HIV Surveillance Report

June 2010

The annual HIV Surveillance Report provides a broad overview of the current epidemiology of HIV disease in the United States and 5 U.S. dependent areas. CDC funds state and territorial health departments to collect surveillance data on persons diagnosed with HIV infection; all personal identifiers are removed from these data before being transmitted to CDC via a secure data network. Data are analyzed by CDC and then displayed, for this report, by age, race/ethnicity, sex, transmission category, or jurisdiction. As a source document, the HIV Surveillance Report is intended to provide a basic understanding of the HIV epidemic in the United States and is not intended to provide in-depth analyses of special populations or issues of interest. Those more specialized analyses are more suited to supplemental reports such as CDC's supplement surveillance reports, slide series, and peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Changes to the HIV Surveillance Report for 2008 were made in response to requests from public health partners, Surveillance Coordinators and AIDS Directors, in order to make better use of data collected through surveillance and to best characterize the HIV epidemic in the United States. This document provides a summary of and an explanation for these changes as well as general description about the report contents and format.

Additional factors contributing to the overall need to make changes to the report include:


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Surveillance Report Sections


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