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***************** NEWS STORY FROM Gaywire *******************************
For Immediate Release
June 19, 2001
NEW CDC REPORT SHOWS HIV POSITIVE TEST RESULTS CONTINUE TO FALL
San Francisco, CA -- On June 14 the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention released the latest annual reports for HIV Counseling and Testing
in Publicly Funded Sites. Reports for 1997 and 1998, the latest years data is
available, were combined into a single summary. My interpretation of the data
is that HIV positive test results continue to decline at these sites. Below
you will find excerpts of the CDC report that were of keen interest to
members of the www.AIDS-Statistics.com web site project.
"I hope all Americans concerned about HIV will take the time to visit the CDC
web site, locate the report and read the entire new 38 page HIV summary,"
said Michael Petrelis, a gay man living with AIDS and member of the
www.AIDS-Statistics.com web site. "Here is the link people should visit:
The new CDC HIV report shows a trend of declines underway. Key excerpts from
the 1995 and 1996 reports are provided so people can see the declines started
before the latest summary was released.
"Questions must be posed to Dr. Helene Gayle of the CDC about her allegations
that annual new HIV infections remain stable at about 40,000 per year. How
can new HIV infections be supposedly stable, when these reports show
consistent declines of HIV positive test results? Since national gonorrhea
and syphilis cases, as reported by the CDC, continue to fall, and
HIV-positive test results at publicly funded sites are still falling, how can
Dr. Gayle and CDC maintain that HIV is stable and not declining?," asked
"Frankly, I think much can be read into the CDC's silence about this new HIV
report. Here we have verifiable declines of HIV positive test results from
across the US, and instead of holding news conferences and conference calls
with reporters to herald the current report, the CDC makes no push to inform
the public about the report. Guess you can't create alarming headlines out of
declines, and drops of HIV positive test results prevents the CDC from
demanding more money. So instead of putting a positive spin on the new report
and claiming success in HIV prevention programs, the CDC keeps quiet about
"As we all know, ACT UP's slogan in the 1980s and 1990s for fighting AIDS and
HIV was 'Silence = Death.' In my opinion, the CDC's motto for its muted
response to the new report should be, 'Silence = Declines,'" Petrelis noted.
To read the CDC's new HIV report go to www.cdc.gov.
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