AIDS Is Dropped From The List Of Top 10 Causes Of Death In NYC

For the first time since 1983, AIDS has been dropped from the list of top 10 causes of death in New York City, reports New York Daily News.

“It’s a tribute to the efforts that have been made…in tackling this epidemic. We are seeing some success,” New York health commissioner Mary Basset said during a City Council budget hearing.

“In some areas of the country, there’s been a growing concern about rising incidents in [men who have sex with men],” she continued. “We haven’t seen that in New York City.”

Statistics from the city’s Department of Health list AIDS as the number nine killer in 2011, with 766 reported deaths.

A year later, that number dropped to 609.

The number of new HIV infections in New York has remained steady or declined each year.

While there is still work to do, these latest statistics serve as another hopeful sign for the future. Last September, United Nations officials said the global HIV/AIDS epidemic could be over by 2030 as a result of advancements in treatment, control, and prevention of the virus.