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NATION : U.S. AIDS Cases Up 9% in '89

March 23, 1990| From Times wire services

GENEVA — The number of AIDS cases in the United States last year increased by 9% over 1988, the World Health Organization said today.

State and territorial health departments reported 35,238 cases during 1989, compared with 32,196 the previous year, WHO's Weekly Epidemiological Record showed.

It said the rates of reported cases were highest for blacks and Latinos, for people between the ages of 30 and 39, in the Northeast region and U.S. territories (primarily Puerto Rico), in the largest metropolitan areas and for men.

As in previous years, the report showed, most reported cases occurred among homosexuals and bisexual men (56%) and among heterosexual intravenous drug users (23%).

The largest proportional declines occurred among children infected with the AIDS virus through blood transfusions. It gave no figures.

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