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Study Shows Soaring STD Rates in Many Areas of New York City

December 11, 2012

A 2010 study of 181 ZIP codes in New York City examined the rates of HIV/AIDS, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis B, which are sexually transmitted, and two infections -- hepatitis C and TB -- that are not sexually transmitted. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported that concurrent infections of STDs, hepatitis C, and TB plague many areas of the city.

ZIP codes in the Bronx comprised 68 percent of the areas with the highest concentration of multiple STDs. Results of the study placed ZIP code 10474 -- Hunts Point, in the Bronx -- in the top 20 percent for hepatitis C, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV/AIDS infections. The Tremont section of the Bronx, ZIP code 10475, was in the top 20 percent for all seven diseases. Almost half of the residents in Tremont are below the federal poverty line. Nineteen other ZIP codes in the South Bronx, North Manhattan, and north-central Brooklyn had high rates of poverty and ranked in the top 20 percent for HIV/AIDS, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.

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