New HIV Cases in NYC Drop to Lowest Number Since 1981

Health officials in New York City say that the number of new HIV cases dropped below 2,500 in 2015 for the first time since the epidemic began in 1981.

2,493 New Yorkers were diagnosed in 2015, down 8.3% from 2014.

The new HIV cases were mostly male (81%) and non-white; 78% identified as Black or Latino.

There were no infants born with HIV in 2015 for the first time since mandatory screening began in 1997.

City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett gave credit to City and State programs that offer free anti-viral drugs and a wide spread media campaign that promotes safe sex as the most important factors in the declining numbers.

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