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New Yorkers Living Longer Than U.S. Average; Officials Cite Expanded HIV Testing and Treatment as Main Factor

January 5, 2012

While moving to New York City may not automatically increase your life expectancy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that New Yorkers, on average, are living longer than ever before, and longer than people anywhere else in the country. A chief reason for this higher life expectancy, officials say, is the city's efforts to ensure more people get tested and treated for HIV.

According to the report, from 2000 to 2009, the life expectancy for babies born in New York City increased from 77.7 to 80.6 years, whereas the national rate increased from 76.8 to 78.2 years. Additionally, the New York City life expectancy at age 40 increased from 39.5 to 42 years, while the national average increased from 38.9 to 40.1. And at 70, the average life expectancy in New York City went from 15.4 to 16.9 years, while the national average only increased from 14.4 to 15.1.

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Comment by: wesi westa malete (south afrıca) Thu., Jan. 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm EST
Thats the best that could ever happen for new york. In south africa we are within a campaign with a theme that says 'i am responsible, we are responsible and south africa is taking responsibility' and is working wonders we will see more results. Am currently hiv/aids coordinator and enjoy The body.com
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