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HIV Rates Up Among NY Gays Under 30


The number of new H.I.V. infections in men under 30 who have sex with men has increased sharply in New York City in the last five years, particularly among blacks and Hispanics, even as AIDS deaths and overall H.I.V. infection rates in the city have steadily declined.

New figures from the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene show that the annual number of new infections among black and Hispanic men who have sex with men rose 34 percent between 2001 and 2006, and rose for all men under 30 who have sex with men by 32 percent.

Experts attribute the frightening rise to three factors: inhibition lowering drugs, “optimism” about HIV treatment and silence-inducing stigma. A deadly – and preventable – combination.