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HIV Infections and Associated Costs Attributable to Syphilis Coinfection Among African Americans

Chesson, Harrell W and Pinkerton, Steven D and Voigt, Richard and Counts, George W (2003) HIV Infections and Associated Costs Attributable to Syphilis Coinfection Among African Americans. American Journal of Public Health, 93 (6). pp. 943-948. ISSN 0090-0036

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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 about $113 million. 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.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: African Americans, blacks, syphilis, HIV, AIDS, HIV transmission, prevention
Subjects: Health > Public Health
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > HIV/Aids
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors > Sexual Habits
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Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2011 12:41
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/502

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