Deaths from AIDS in U.S. Outpace New HIV Infections: Calculations Show Epidemic Is Waning, Doctor Says

By Price, Joyce | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), February 1, 1996 | Go to article overview

Deaths from AIDS in U.S. Outpace New HIV Infections: Calculations Show Epidemic Is Waning, Doctor Says


Price, Joyce, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


Since 1993, 10,000 to 20,000 more Americans annually have died of AIDS than became infected with the virus that causes the disease, federal researchers say.

"When the number of people getting sick and dying is greater than the number getting infected, you know the epidemic is on the wane," said Dr. Tony Fauci, director of the National Office of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Fauci made his comments in response to a report presented Tuesday at a Washington AIDS conference by Dr. Robert Biggar of the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Biggar estimates that as many as 60,000 Americans yearly are dying of AIDS and about 40,000 annually are becoming infected with the human immunodeficiency virus, HIV, that causes it.

"It looks as if we've reached a plateau, . . . but I take no solace in this, because the epidemic is plateauing at an unacceptably high level," Dr. Fauci said.

Dr. Biggar believes the epidemic has plateaued because people in major risk groups for HIV infection, particularly homosexual white males and intravenous drug users, are taking precautions to protect themselves.

Many drug users have learned they shouldn't share dirty needles. Dr. Biggar said this group's risk of becoming infected fell 30 percent between the periods 1981 to 1986, and 1987 to 1992.

For white male homosexuals, who became less promiscuous, used more condoms and practiced other forms of "safe sex," the infection risk plunged 70 percent between those two periods, he said.

In 1986, the U.S. Public Health Service estimated that between 1 million and 1.5 million Americans were infected with HIV and predicted no more than 10 to 15 percent knew of their status.

Today, Dr. Biggar estimates there are about 600,000 HIV-infected Americans - an estimate in line with more recent Public Health Service figures. He believes about half of them have developed full-blown AIDS.

Dr. Biggar called the declining infection rates "somewhat encouraging" but said the epidemic's slowdown is coming at a "tremendous cost" because new infections continue to rise among young people, particularly minorities and heterosexuals.

He said new infections of heterosexuals "rose fourfold" between 1981 to 1986, and 1987 to 1992. He noted infections also are rising among minority homosexuals. …

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