Increases in STD Cases Among NYC Residents Raise Public Health Concerns, Including Possible Rise in New HIV Cases
September 21, 2004
Although New York City residents are healthier overall than they were a decade ago, increases in the number of cases of the sexually transmitted diseases syphilis and chlamydia show that the diseases "may again be cause for concern," particularly because infection with one of the STDs increases a person's risk of contracting HIV through unprotected sex, the New York Times reports. According to figures released last week by Mayor Michael Bloomberg's (R) office, 599 new cases of syphilis were reported in 2003 -- 100 more cases than were reported the previous year. It was the fourth straight year in which the number of newly reported cases increased, according to the Times. New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden said that the increase in the number of syphilis cases occurred exclusively among men and primarily among men who have sex with men.
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