HIV Spreads Three Times Faster In NYC

New York City prides itself on being at the forefront of the action. This action, however, is not boast worthy:

The virus that causes AIDS is spreading in New York City at three times the national rate – an incidence of 72 new infections for every 100,000 people, compared with 23 per 100,000 nationally – according to a study released on Wednesday by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Blacks, and men who have sex with other men, are the groups at greatest risk of contracting H.I.V., the study found. A summary of the new data:

• Men accounted for 76 percent of new H.I.V. infections and women for 25 percent. (The figures exceed 100 percent because of rounding.)

• Sex between men was the main cause in 50 percent of new infections; high-risk heterosexual sex in 22 percent; intravenous drug use in 8 percent; and unknown or uncertain causes in 18 percent.

One would think this city, the epicenter of the AIDS crisis, would have learned its lesson. But, you know, New Yorkers aren’t always so fast on the uptake…