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2003 National Healthcare Quality Report

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HIV/AIDS Surveillance System


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP).

Mode of Administration

Reports from health care providers are sent to the local, state, or territorial health departments. States and territories share, on a voluntary basis, de-identified data with CDC.

Survey Sample Design

All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other U.S. territories report AIDS cases.

Primary Survey Content

The AIDS case definition was modified in 1985, 1987, 1993 (for adults and adolescents), and 1994 (for pediatric cases). Data include mode of exposure to HIV, case definition category, and other clinical and demographic information.

Population Targeted

Entire population of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other U.S. territories. AIDS data are nationally representative.

Demographic Data

Age, gender, race, ethnicity, state and county of residence, country of birth, and living status.

Years Collected

CDC first received reports of persons with AIDS in 1981.


Biannual. HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report is published twice a year. Supplemental reports are published on an ad hoc basis and available on the Web at and at

Geographic Estimates

National, state, and Metropolitan Statistical Area. Data release policies dictate that no data that could be used to identify a person reported to the system may be released, thus, release of data in cell sizes less than or equal to three in a given category are prohibited.

Contact Information

Agency homepage:

Data system homepage:


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, 2001; 13(No. 2), Sep. 2002.

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