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HIV rates climb
among NYC gay and bisexual men

HIV rates climb
among NYC gay and bisexual men

HIV infections are climbing among New York City's gay men, particularly those under age 30.

The rate of new HIV infections is rising among gay and bisexual men in New York City, climbing from 479 new diagnoses during the first six months of 2004 to 507 in the first six months of 2005, Gay City News reports. The proportion of the city's HIV diagnosis attributed to gay and bisexual men has climbed steadily between 2001 and the first half of 2005, according to the city health department. The proportion of the city's HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men in 2001 was 26%; in the first six months of 2005 it was 39%. Overall, the number of new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men under age 30 is rising, but it's dropping among those over age 30, according to health department data. This could indicate that HIV prevention campaigns are failing to resonate among younger gay men or that younger men who have sex with men are no longer as fearful of contracting HIV because they believe it can be easily treated. (The Advocate)

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