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Underreporting of AIDS in South Carolina

Jeffrey L. Jones, MD, MPH; William B. Gamble Jr, MD, MPH; Lynda Kettinger, MPH
JAMA. 1990;263(18):2449. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440180047025.
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To the Editor.—  We would like to make a few comments about areas that we feel were not sufficiently addressed in the recent article by Conway et al1 about underreporting of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in South Carolina. Their study took place between January 1, 1986, and June 30, 1987, before federal funding was allotted for an active AIDS surveillance program in South Carolina. Staff were hired for an active AIDS surveillance program in South Carolina in August 1987, long before the results of the study were known. Although we were glad to receive federal assistance for this project, it came to South Carolina much later than in high-seroprevalence states. The state general assembly has also contributed significantly to funding of our AIDS program.We feel as strongly about the importance of complete reporting of AIDS cases as Buehler et al2 in their editorial in the same issue


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