August 30, 2013
Disease Burden of HIV/AIDS Increasing for Many Countries
A new study shows that HIV/AIDS is becoming more of a concern for countries where the virus is not the first or second cause of disease burden (in other words, the affect of a health problem as measured by financial cost, mortality, morbidity, etc.), Medical News Today reports. In 2005, 68.7 percent of global HIV/AIDS disease burden was in countries where the virus was the first or second cause. In 2010, that percentage was 59.4 percent, which indicates countries where the disease ranked lower are a larger share of the burden. The data suggests greater attention may be needed in countries where HIV/AIDS has not yet reached epidemic levels, according to the study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, which was published in the journal AIDS.
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