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A Retraction of Sorts
01/24/2003

It looks as if I was too quick to accept the data presented in Rolling Stone (I know, I know...) regarding the percentage of new HIV infections that are actually sought. Now that the full article is available, Andrew Sullivan has had the opportunity to take it apart. The most striking detail is that the article estimates that 10,000 new HIV infections per year are attributable to broadly defined "bug chasing" (seeking HIV infection). As the CDC fact sheet shows, only 42% of the 40,000 new HIV cases involved gay males, so even were the 25% guess correct for the percentage of gay males seeking HIV, their number of new infections would have been 4,200. It is simply amazing that a major publication would let something like that go to press, even if it is Rolling Stone.

Posted by Justin Katz @ 09:25 AM EST