AIDS numbers in the United States higher than previously thought
The number of new HIV cases each year in the United States has been estimated at 50 percent higher than previously thought, according to the Washington Post.
New testing and counting methods have led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to estimate the number of new cases of AIDS at between 55,000 and 60,000 each year, up from the 40,000 a year estimate that has been in place for almost a decade.
The CDC has not released the estimate yet but sources close to the scientists involved have confirmed it.
The Washington Post reported that it is unclear if the new estimate indicates that the AIDS epidemic is growing in the United States or if it was just bigger than was thought.
The new estimate could affect decisions on how much money is spent on prevention efforts, according to the New York Times.
Several states are using two testing methods, one that can detect HIV in its very early stages and another that can only detect it after the infection has been present for a while. If a patient tests positive for the first method and negative for the second it may indicate that they have been infected recently.
The agency asked scientists to be patient while the numbers are being reviewed.