New York City Report Finds Reduced HIV/AIDS-Related Deaths, Increased Condom Distribution in FY 2008
September 19, 2008
New York City has made significant progress in reducing the number of HIV/AIDS-related deaths, increasing voluntary HIV testing rates and distributing no-cost condoms during the fiscal year that ended June 30, according to the Mayor's Management Report, the New York Daily News reports. The report, released Wednesday, found that HIV/AIDS-related deaths during FY 2008 decreased by 8% to 1,108. In addition, voluntary HIV testing increased by 18%, and there was almost an 120% increase in no-cost condom distribution, up from 18 million during the previous year to 39 million in FY 2008 (Lombardi, New York Daily News, 9/17).
Marjorie Hill, director of the Gay Men's Health Crisis, applauded the city for its work but called for more training to ensure that people who pick up the condoms get their partners to use them (Seifman, New York Post, 9/18). Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, "The statistics contained in this report show that we are continuing to improve service quality in critical areas" (New York Daily News, 9/17).
The report is available online.
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