January 3, 2011
For the first time since the 1980s, New York City logged fewer than 1,000 HIV-related deaths in 2009, according to a new report from the city health department. The HIV death toll for 2009, 933, was down 13 percent from 1,073 in 2008. The total for 2009 was an 87 percent reduction from 1994, the peak year for AIDS deaths, when the disease killed 7,046 New Yorkers. A new low also was recorded for infant mortality: 5.3 deaths per 1,000 live births, down from 5.5 in 2008. While life expectancy held steady at 82 years for women and 76.3 for men, the city's death rate hit an all-time low in 2009. To access the health department's "Annual Summary of Vital Statistics," visit www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/vs/2009sum.pdf.