2006 Sees Lowest Numbers Since 1984


As health commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden warns of fresh infections, New York City’s health department announced that HIV/AIDS-related deaths have dropped in the big apple:

HIV/AIDS deaths dropped from 1,419 in 2005 to 1,209 in 2006. The decline was reflected in both sexes and all ethnic groups.

“Numbers this low have not been seen since 1984, when New York City recorded 952 deaths from AIDS,” the health department report said.

Heart disease and cancer remain the city’s biggest killers. The NYPD’s currently on the lookout for these grim reapers.