New York City’s HIV Rate Is Three Times Higher Than Rest of U.S.
Posted by pozlife on August 30, 2008
Most of us probably already knew that New York City has been hit harder by HIV than most other U.S. cities. But did you know the epidemic is expanding in the city at a rate three times faster than in the rest of the country? A new report from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene paints what may be the most accurate picture to date about the state of HIV in Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs. The report says that 4,762 New Yorkers became HIV positive in 2006; about three quarters were men, about half were black, and half of all new infections were among men who have sex with men. (Article from kaisernetwork.org)
For more information on the new HIV infection numbers in New York City, read this official release from the city health department. Also be sure to check out this reaction article from Housing Works, which rails against the city and New York State for recent decisions to dramatically slash funding for a range of HIV-related services.