Postgrad Med J 79:444-448 doi:10.1136/pmj.79.934.444
  • Review

Is there an epidemic of HIV/AIDS among heterosexuals in the USA?

  1. H W Haverkos1,
  2. R C Chung2,
  3. L C Norville Perez3
  1. 1Infectious Disease Service, Department of Medicine, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA
  2. 2Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas, USA
  3. 3National Medical Association, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
  1. Correspondence:
 Dr Harry W Haverkos, HFD-530, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD, 20857, USA; 
  • Received 13 August 2002
  • Accepted 8 April 2003


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, reports HIV infections and AIDS cases in the United States biannually. Trends in the distribution of HIV/AIDS cases according to sex, race or ethnic group, and various categories of exposure to HIV were analysed. The groups in which there were the greatest percentage increases over time were the group with heterosexual contact and the group for whom the risk factors were not reported or identified. The CDC should be encouraged to provide additional information regarding sexual and drug-using behaviours of those patients listed as “undetermined”.