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GMHC Statement on New HIV Infections in New York City

GMHC Applauds Lower HIV Infection Rates in NYC but Urges Allies to Redouble Efforts to Increase Prevention Efforts
11.29.2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cub Barrett | 212-367-1561 | cubb@gmhc.org

(New York, NY)—New diagnoses of HIV infection in New York City reached an all-time low of 2,279 in 2016—an 8.6% decrease from 2015—the New York City Health Department announced Wednesday.

According to the city’s HIV Surveillance Annual Report, infection rates among men who have sex with men (MSM) fell from 1,450 in 2015 to 1,236 in in 2016—a nearly 15% drop. But even as infection rates in that group fell, infection rates among women rose.

“There is a lot of optimistic news in this report, including that HIV infection rates are going down among MSM—and especially MSM of color– thanks largely to increased access to prevention tools like pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP),” said Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) CEO Kelsey Louie. “But we must also remember that 2,279 new infections anywhere are 2,279 infections too many, and that, even as infection rates are decreasing among certain populations, infection rates among women—especially women of color and transgender women—are rising. As we continue to work to prevent all HIV infections and end the AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020, we must redouble our efforts to focus on all populations. We will continue to work with the New York City Department of Health and other organizations on expanding access for and information about prevention tools like PrEP for every person in New York City.”

 
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