Black People : 75,000 have HIV/AIDS in New York City...

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  1. Aqil

    Aqil Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    By Ed Susman
    UPI Science News

    SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 10 (UPI) - More than 75,000 people in New York City are known to be living with AIDS or are infected with the virus that causes the disease, health researchers reported. The finding puts the prevalence of the deadly epidemic in the city at levels usually seen in Third World nations.

    "Overall, about 1% of the total population of New York City is living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)," said Denis Nash, an epidemiologist with the Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies, part of the New York Academy of Medicine. In a report at the 11th Annual Retrovirus Conference, Nash said the new figures, which were developed after the state of New York required health officials to report HIV cases, also show:

    * About 2.8% of all the men in New York City have HIV infection or have been diagnosed with AIDS, the late stage of infection.

    * About 3.9% of all men between the ages of 40 to 49 years have HIV infection or AIDS.

    * An estimated 25% of the people who live in New York and are infected with HIV are not aware of their status. Those people are not included in the totals.

    Dr. Nash said that African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely than whites in New York to be infected. African-Americans are five times as likely as whites to carry HIV/AIDS. Hispanics are 2.5 times as likely as whites to have the disease. HIV/AIDS remains incurable, although treatment has taken the disease out of the realm of imminently deadly to a more chronic type of ailment. "Nevertheless," Dr. Nash said, "HIV remains a fatal disease in New York City despite the state of the art medical care that exists for persons with HIV disease."

    He said researchers have found persons diagnosed and living with HIV/AIDS in New York City die at a rate more than four times that of the rest of the city's population. "HIV remains the leading cause of death among New Yorkers aged 25-44 years and is the third leading cause of death among non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic New Yorkers of all ages, following heart disease and cancer," he added.

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  2. deepy

    deepy going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    a point of information

    note that these studies were done in about the census they could be higher now.......or lower