Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August's Safety Net Message

Every 9 1/2 minutes, someone in the US is infected with HIV. Know your status, get tested this month!

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Where did the estimate that every 9½ minutes someone in the United States gets HIV come from?

--In 2008, CDC developed new estimates for the annual number of HIV infections—which suggest that about 56,300 new HIV infections occur each year. This estimate is a national average. CDC arrived at the 9½ minutes figure by dividing the number of minutes in one year by the 56,300 new HIV infections that were estimated for 2006. This result indicates that, on average, one new HIV infection occurs every 9.34 minutes in a year. For more information on the 56,300 estimate visit the HIV Incidence section of the CDC HIV Web site: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/surveillance/incidence.htm


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