HIV on the Rise Among Young Gay Men


Blacks and Hispanics still bear a disproportionate share of New York City’s new HIV diagnoses, according to the Department of Health.

HIV infection is on the rise among gay men in the city, according to a report released by the city Department of Health. The under 30-age group represents 44% of new diagnoses among gay men in New York, the report said.

In 2001, there were 374 new cases of HIV among gay men under 30, according to the health department. In 2006, that same group accounted for 499 cases.

“We’re headed in the wrong direction. Unless young men reduce the number of partners they have, and protect themselves and their partners by using condoms more consistently, we will face another wave of suffering and death from HIV and AIDS,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden.

The report also found that in 2006 black gay men were diagnosed with new cases of HIV at a more than 2-to1 ratio as compared with white gay men (232 versus 101). Hispanic gay men accounted for 55% more of new diagnoses than did white gay men (157 versus 101).

Even more shocking was that black or Hispanic youth comprised 81 out of 87 new HIV diagnoses among gay men under 20 — that’s more than 90 percent.

The full report is available on the Department of Health web site.