New York Times Examines HIV/AIDS Crisis in Westchester County, N.Y.
January 26, 2004
The New York Times on Sunday examined the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Westchester County, N.Y., which county health commissioner Dr. Joshua Lipsman calls Westchester's "most challenging health crisis." Westchester has more people living with HIV and AIDS than any other county in the state, excluding New York City, with approximately 2,000 people living with AIDS and about 3,000 people living with HIV, according to Lipsman. Prevalence among the county's African-American and Latino populations is of particular concern, the Times reports. While 14.2% of the county's total population is African-American, African Americans account for 51% of AIDS cases in the county. In addition, Latinos, which comprise 15.6% of the population, account for 19% of AIDS cases. Lipsman said, "If you look at the most likely person in Westchester to be getting an HIV infection, she is going to be a heterosexual African-American woman between the ages of 30 and 50 and living in one of Westchester's cities. There are very few other medical problems in which we can identify so clearly the targeted population." He added, "There is no other disease that is so disproportionately impacting people of color as [HIV/AIDS] is."
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.