New HIV diagnoses among MSM under age 30 have increased by 33 percent during the past six years, the health department reported today, from 374 in 2001 to almost 500 in 2006.
New HIV diagnoses among MSM under age 30 have increased by 33% during the past six years, the agency reported today, from 374 in 2001 to almost 500 in 2006. New diagnoses have doubled among MSM ages 13 to19, while declining by 22% among older MSM. The under-30 group now accounts for 44% of all new diagnoses among MSM in New York City, up from 31% in 2001.
- Debra Frasier-Howe, president of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS: “These numbers are devastating. After 26 years of AIDS, we cannot drift backward. We must ask all New Yorkers to accept some responsibility for helping our young people protect themselves. Their lives are not dispensable.”
- Tokes Osubu, executive director of Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD): “Reversing this trend will require a new commitment to protecting this most underserved population. GMAD will continue to work with other stakeholders to save the lives of our young men. We need an integrated approach across city agencies, social justice organizations and AIDS organizations, and a less judgmental approach by faith institutions.”
- Wendy Stark, interim executive director of the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center: “Health care in a supportive and affirming setting can foster healthy choices. We encourage all New Yorkers to identify a primary care provider with whom they feel comfortable discussing sexual behavior and substance use.”
- The Department is working with community groups, medical providers, and others to promote risk reduction through reducing the number of partners and increasing the use of condoms. The Department distributes more than 3 million free condoms each month. The distinctive NYC Condom is available not only through Health Department clinics and community organizations but through retail establishments and entertainment venues, including bars, clubs and restaurants. For information on where to find them, visit www.nyccondom.org.
- Anyone age 12 or older can get can get free, confidential, anonymous HIV testing and STD treatment at the Health Department’s 10 STD clinics. Services are available without parental notification and without regard to insurance or immigration status. The clinics provide rapid HIV testing on a walk-in basis; results are typically available within 30 minutes. They also offer free testing for syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia, as well as hepatitis immunization. For clinic locations and hours, visit http://home2.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/std/std2.shtml.
- HIV tests are also available through New York City’s public hospitals and through community organizations such as Gay Men of African Descent, the African Services Committee, the Latino Commission on AIDS, the Harlem United Community AIDS Center, the Hispanic AIDS Forum, the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, and Gay Men’s Health Crisis.
- The Health Department offers confidential partner notification to people who think they may have exposed others to HIV or another STD. Anyone can reach the Contact Notification Assistance Program (CNAP) by dialing 311.