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NYC Health Department Announces 41% Drop in HIV/AIDS Related Deaths Among Black New Yorkers

Posted February 2012

Health Department Announces 41% Drop in HIV/AIDS Related Deaths Among Black New Yorkers

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7th, reminds New Yorkers to get tested, take steps to prevent HIV

The Health Department announced that new HIV data shows a 41% drop in deaths among black persons living with HIV/AIDS between 2001 and 2010. Despite this progress, black New Yorkers – representing 25% of the New York City population – disproportionately accounted for almost half of all new HIV diagnoses (48%) in 2010, a proportion that has remained almost unchanged for the past 5 years. Blacks were, however, more likely than all other racial/ethnic groups in the City to have had an HIV test in the past 12 months. To commemorate the 12th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Health Department reminds all New Yorkers who do not know their HIV status to get tested for HIV, take the necessary precautions to stay negative and protect their partners, and get into treatment if they are positive.

To learn more, please visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/pr2012/pr002-12.shtml