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Nevada State Health Division Publications


Nevada State Health Division

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This report encompasses an effort to look at the number of children born to HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and/or AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) infected parents during the years 1991 to 1999 in Nevada.

According to the Healthy People 2000 (HP 2000) Review for the years 1998- 1999, infants of untreated or undetected HIV positive women have been identified as a distinct population at risk for contracting the virus that causes AIDS.

The State of Nevada’s Bureau of Disease Control and Intervention Services in collaboration with the Bureau of Health Planning and Statistics has taken the initial step to “cross match” two databases that are housed within the two bureaus. “Cross match” refers to a process whereby records pertaining to a person, household, event, etc. in one database are matched to records pertaining to that same person, household, event, etc. in another database. For our purposes, this process involves using records from the database known as HARS or the HIV/AIDS Reporting System*, and records from the birth registry for the years 1991 to 1999 to be linked or cross-matched.

By cross matching these two databases, it is first possible to determine the number of HIV/AIDS infected parents who gave birth in Nevada from 1991-1999. Additionally, it is possible to determine the number of children born to these parents, analyzing specific variables such as their demographic and birth weight information recorded on the birth certificate.


Diseases | Immune System Diseases | Maternal and Child Health | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Public Health | Virus Diseases