New York Has Higher HIV Rates, Best Drinking Water


A Department of Health and Mental Hygiene report that says HIV spreads three times faster in New York than elsewhere in the US has been widely covered, and appears in today’s New York Times. The key facts are that “4,762 New Yorkers contracted H.I.V. in 2006,” and that half the reported infections were transmitted by sex between men, with “high-risk heterosexual sex” accounting for 22 percent. African-Americans are disproportionately represented, and “nearly two-thirds of the city’s new infections occurred in people 30 to 50 years old.”

On the other hand, we have the best tap water in the State! “Gushing reviews,” says the Daily News; “City Taps Another Strength,” says the New York Sun. The more formal Times says “City’s Water Is Ranked Best in a Taste Test,” specifically the one conducted at the State Fair in Syracuse earlier this week. Testing, the paper stressed, was “nonscientific,” and conducted by Fair attendees.

The village of Pulaski came in second. Its website boasts of “excellent schools, a world-class fishery, sumptuous dining, comfortable lodging, varied shopping venues, exceptional outdoor recreational activities, and a thriving business environment.” Its HIV rate is unknown.

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