Karl Roberts kr1 at PGSTUMAIL.PG.CC.MD.US
Thu Jan 23 08:40:36 EST 1997

Dear Mike,
	According to Stine's AIDS update for 1997, accumulated deaths 
owing to this disease were 35,000 in 1996, out of 352,000 reported deaths 
for the same period. 1997 projected figures are similar for HIV infected 
individuals, 35,000 out of 387,000. Look for this text- AIDS Update 1997:
An annual overview of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Gerald R. Stine,
Prentice Hall.  Also, consult the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly 
Report for up to date demographic information concerning all diseases.
	Other infectious diseases do indeed kill more people than AIDS, but
keep in mind, AIDS is a pandemic disease. It, like all viral 
diseases, is extremely difficult, if not impossible to manage.  The large 
annual expenditure for AIDS research is due not in small part to the 
large, well-organized campaign fostered by special interest groups. If we 
could invoke such a positive response in research monies for many of the 
other current and emerging infectious diseases, the world would be a 
better place.
I hope this helps,
Karl J. Roberts   

On 23 Jan 1997, Michael A Chambers wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> Could someone please tell me how many people AIDs kills a year in the US 
> and how many people bacterial or other infectious diseases kill a year.  
> I am also 
> wondering how much funding the research for the respective diseases get.
> The reason I ask is because someone told me that other infectious 
> diseases kill many more people/year than AIDS but that AIDS gets about 
> 10X more research funding.  If this is true, can anyone postulate a reason?
> Thanks,
> Mike

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