Over Half Maryland AIDS Cases Tied to Drug Use
52% of AIDS cases diagnosed in Maryland in 1993 were linked to drug use, according to data from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene AIDS Administration ("Half of AIDS Cases in Maryland Associated with Drug Use," Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR FAX), Oct. 3, 1994). Out of the 1,629 newly diagnosed cases, 852 were tied to drug use, up from 257 out of 667 (39%) in 1988. The AIDS cases associated with drug use include intravenous drug users, the sex partners of intravenous drug users, children born to mothers who were intravenous drug users, or children born to mothers who had sex partners who were intravenous drug users.
[CESAR is a research institution and information clearinghouse jointly funded by the University of Maryland and a grant from the Governor's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission. To receive this and other reports from CESAR, call 301-403-8329. Reports can be downloaded from the STAT conference of the CESAR board at 301-403-8343 or 1-800-84CESAR (toll-free for Maryland callers only).]