ANCHOR LEAD: GETTING A REAL HANDLE ON HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE INFECTED WITH HIV IS CRITICAL, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
How many people get infected with HIV each year in the United States? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been working with an estimate of 40,000 new infections annually, but now is poised to release new prognostications. Mike Klag, dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, explains why an accurate number is important.
KLAG: In the US we have great healthcare infrastructure but there’s been controversy about the level of numbers in the US and where the infections are occurring so we have hit a wall it appears in terms of the incidence of disease in the US and we need to know exactly where the disease is occurring so we can design programs to help people not get infected. Unless we can do that we won’t be able to stem the tide. :23
An accurate number will also help federal agencies determine how best to allocate resources and to whom. It may also help determine who is most at risk of becoming infected and when. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.