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US health secretary pledges renewed fight against HIV

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 28 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3522
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

    Great progress had been made in tackling AIDS in Africa, but efforts to curb the spread of the disease in the United States have “stalled,” the US health secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, told delegates to the National HIV Prevention Conference meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, on 24 August.

    New HIV infections continue to occur at an estimated rate of more than 56 000 a year and deaths top 14 000, but US residents have grown complacent about the risks of infection, she said.

    “In 1997, one in four Americans said they were ‘very concerned’ …

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