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Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection in Women

Michael R. Spence, MD, MPH; and Annette C. Reboli, MD
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Requests for Reprints: Michael R. Spence, MD, MPH, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology, MS404, Hahnemann Hospital, Broad and Vine Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192.

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Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(10):827-829. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-115-10-827
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It has now been a decade since the first patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) were diagnosed in the United States. During this time, we have made advances in our understanding of the pathogenesis, complications, and treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. The demographics of this disease have also changed. Although most HIV-infected persons are still men, women of reproductive age are the fastest growing segment of the population to be infected. If current mortality trends continue, AIDS will become one of the five leading causes of death in young American women by the end of 1991 (1).



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