June 14, 2010
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its HIV Surveillance Report, 2008 Vol. 20. This report presents data for cases of HIV infection and AIDS reported to CDC through June 2009.
CDC's 2008 HIV Surveillance Report is intended for use by epidemiologists, researchers, public health practitioners, and others as one source of information to help guide program planning, evaluation, and resource allocation. To put the surveillance report's findings in context, as well as to explain some of the changes to this year's surveillance report, CDC also is releasing two fact sheets: "HIV in the United States: An Overview," which draws on multiple sources to provide an overall picture of the HIV epidemic in the United States; and "Summary of Changes to the National HIV Surveillance Report," which describes and explains changes to the surveillance report. CDC's 2008 HIV Surveillance Report and both fact sheets are posted on the web site of the Division of HIV/ AIDS Prevention.
In addition to new data, CDC's 2008 HIV Surveillance Report has some new elements. Based on feedback from partners and issues such as the 2008 changes to the HIV case definition, the report has undergone some structural changes from previous years' reports.
Other changes are outlined in the "Summary of Changes to the National HIV Surveillance Report" fact sheet.
Almost 30 years after the first case of AIDS was reported, HIV remains a significant cause of illness and death. Through our collective work, we have made great progress in slowing the epidemic. But within the overall epidemic, some groups and areas are more affected than others. Therefore, we must remain vigilant and focus our resources where they will make the biggest difference.
We hope this report will be useful to you as we continue to work together to reduce this unacceptable burden of HIV/AIDS. Thank you for your continued commitment to HIV/AIDS prevention.
Click to access CDC's 2008 HIV Surveillance Report, and the fact sheets "HIV in the United States: An Overview" and "Summary of Changes to the National HIV Surveillance Report."