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SOURCE: American Journal of Epidemiology, September 1, 1993;138(5):341-349.
AIDS estimates based on cause of death reporting may underestimate the true extent of the disease, report researchers from the Bureau of Communicable Disease Control, Albany, New York.
Hwa-Gan H. Chang and colleagues studied survival and causes of death in a cohort of 3,699 AIDS patients in New York state. All participants were diagnosed before January 1990 and at an age greater than 13 years. New York City residents were excluded from the study population, as were state inmates. Information on mortality was obtained from the New York state vital statistics registry.