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The Epidemiology of AIDS


Cases of the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) were first reported in June and July of 1981, as clusters of Kaposi’s sarcoma and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia among homosexual men. Since then, epidemiologic surveillance has been used by investigators and public health professionals to identify that an outbreak existed, to characterize the outbreak, and to determine and predict its extent and course. Surveillance and epidemiologic studies will be used increasingly to ascertain the effects of interventions. In addition to surveillance, epidemiologic methods are used to provide essential data about the pathogenesis of AIDS, and about the transmission, disease spectrum, and cofactors involved in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.

Jason JM, Curran JW

The epidemiology of AIDS.  In: Blood, blood products and AIDS. R. Madhok, C. D. Forbes and B. L. Evatt (Eds). Chapman & Hall Medical, London, 1987:1-16. No. of Pages: xi + 450.

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