Fight Against HIV/AIDS In US Far From Over

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Recentreports of an increase in HIV incidence among men who have sex with men in the U.S. and in New York City is "troubling," a New York Times editorial says.

Although a recent report released by the New York CityDepartment of Health and Mental Hygiene found that HIV cases among MSM younger thanage 30 in New York Cityhave increased since 2003, the "one bright spot" is that new HIVcases among MSM older than age 30 have declined, the editorial says. Accordingto the Times, "[a]wareness of the disease's devastatingeffects" and "maturity" might "explain the difference"in the number of new HIV cases between younger and older MSM.

When HIV/AIDS was "new and terrifying," the "motto of theday" was "silence equals death," the editorial says, addingthat silence "now seems to be winning the day," as young MSM "appearto have persuaded themselves that the infection is no longer such a bigdeal." Health officials "need to continue to distribute condoms,encourage testing and treat those who are ill," the editorial writes,concluding that leaders of communities "hardest-hit" by HIV/AIDS"need to start speaking out again" because the "fight againstAIDS is far from over" (New York Times, 1/14).

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