VL Follow Up : Puerto Rico and Eight States Cut From System That Tracks Rate of H.I.V.

RedRibbonAidsDayINSIDE.jpgFollowing up on a story from a few days ago on the AIDS crisis in Puerto Rico, seems that the crisis is set to get worse with the island cut off from federal money for an advanced H.I.V. monitoring system that worked and showed that the annual infection rate in the nation was 40 percent higher than previously estimated.

Terry Butler, a spokeswoman for the National Center for H.I.V., S.T.D. and TB Prevention at the centers, said that the total money for the system — which is awarded to applicants on a competitive basis — would remain the same, but that the remaining 25 participating states and cities would receive more. Ms. Butler said those participants had the most reliable systems and could help the centers produce the best estimates.

The system uses a new test that distinguishes recent infections from old ones, helping epidemiologists track them in something much closer to real time than was previously possible.

The states that lost funding are Georgia , Illinois , Maryland , Missouri , Ohio , Oklahoma , Pennsylvania , Tennessee.

Via / NYT

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