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WASHINGTON, Jul 17, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The incidence of AIDS is running higher in Washington than in other large U.S. cities, a new study says.

The report, for an upcoming national conference on HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, showed in 2001, the latest year for available data, the District of Columbia had 678 diagnosed AIDS cases that year giving it a rate of 119 new cases per 100,000 residents, according to the Washington Post.

Guy Weston, author of the report, said that exceeded rates in Baltimore, San Francisco and New York. The study compared Washington to other cities, rather than states, for the first time, he said.

HIV/AIDS administration spokesman Floyd Nelson said up to 14,000 District residents are believed infected with HIV, in addition to the 8,108 people who have AIDS. Almost 80 percent of all new AIDS patients are African-Americans, who make up 61 percent of the population, he said.

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.

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