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Am J Public Health. 2003 Jun;93(6):943-8.

HIV infections and associated costs attributable to syphilis coinfection among African Americans.

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Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA 30324, USA. hbc7@cdc.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We estimated the number and cost of syphilis-attributable HIV cases among African Americans.

METHODS:

A mathematical model of HIV transmission was used to estimate the number of partnerships consisting of HIV-discordant African Americans in which infectious syphilis was present and the number of new HIV cases attributable to syphilis in these partnerships.

RESULTS:

In 2000, an estimated 545 new cases of HIV infection among African Americans could be attributed to the facilitative effects of infectious syphilis, at a cost of about 113 million dollars.

CONCLUSIONS:

Syphilis prevention could reduce HIV incidence rates and the disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS on the African American community, resulting in substantial reductions in future HIV/AIDS medical costs.

PMID:
12773360
PMCID:
PMC1447875
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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