New York: Gay, Bi Share of City HIV Epidemic Grows
June 12, 2006
A New York City health department report shows that new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men (MSM) have increased, reflecting national data showing that HIV/AIDS continues to impact gay and bisexual men more than any other US population.
"Clearly, these are preliminary numbers," Dr. Lucia V. Torian, director of the epidemiology program, said of six-month comparisons just released. The numbers show new HIV diagnoses among MSM went from 479 in the first six months of 2004 to 507 in the first half of 2005, an increase that may or may not be statistically significant.
However, between 2001 and the first half of 2005, the proportion of new HIV diagnoses among MSM went from 26 to 39 percent of all new diagnoses. "It's a 50 percent hike," Torian said. "It's big. It's part of a five-year trend."
The rise could result from actual increases in new infections among MSM, decreases in infections among other populations while the new infection rate among MSM stayed the same, or a combination of both factors.
During the two six-month periods, new HIV diagnoses went from 673 to 691 among African Americans. At the same time, new diagnoses increased among black men and decreased among black women, suggesting the African-American increase is among MSM.
The health department also found that new diagnoses increased among all MSM under 30 from 2001 to 2004, while decreasing among MSM over 30. "Among young, black MSM under 30 there is an increase," Torian said. "There is an increase among young, Hispanic MSM and among young, white MSM."
In 2005, CDC estimated that 1 million Americans had HIV/AIDS, and MSM accounted for half the cases. In the United States, men accounted for 74 percent of cases; among males, MSM accounted for 67 percent of new HIV diagnoses.
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