Black, Hispanic Men Have Highest Rate Of HIV Diagnoses In NYC

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The majority of New York City's new HIV diagnoses are among black andHispanic men under age 30, according to a report released this week bythe New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, The Advocate reports.

Accordingto the report, in 2006, black men were diagnosed at twice the rate ofwhites, and Hispanics had 55% more new diagnoses than whites. Amongteenagers, 90% of new HIV diagnoses were among blacks and Hispanics.

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Tokes Osubu, executive director of Gay Men of African Descent,said in a statement that his organization "will continue to work withother stakeholders to save the lives of our young men," adding, "Weneed an integrated approach across city agencies, social justiceorganizations and AIDS organizations, and a less judgmental approach byfaith institutions" (The Advocate, 9/14).

Overall, new HIV cases among MSM ages 13 to 19 increased from 41 cases in 2001 to 87 in 2006, the AP/Long Island Newsday reports (AP/Long Island Newsday,9/12). New HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men younger thanage 30 has increased by 33% since 2001, according to the report. Thecity in 2006 recorded 499 HIV cases among MSM younger than age 30,compared with 374 in 2001 (Kershaw, New York Times, 9/12).

The city health department did not offer explanations for the increased number of HIV cases among young MSM, the AP/Newsday reports. Donna Futterman, director of the adolescent AIDS program at Children's Hospital at Montefiore,said that more cases are being recorded among minority MSM ages 13 to19 because they might feel that they need to hide their sexualorientation (AP/Long Island Newsday, 9/12).

New York Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden in a statementsaid the department is "very concerned about the increase in HIV amongyoung" MSM, adding, "Unless young men reduce the number of partnersthey have, and protect themselves and their partners by using condomsmore consistently, we will face another wave of suffering and deathfrom HIV and AIDS" (DHMH statement, 9/11). The report was based on datafrom the first half of 2006 and was extrapolated to the entire year,according to the New York Sun (New York Sun, 9/12).

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