New York City remains the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the
U.S. More than 100,000 New Yorkers are living with HIV, but thousands
don’t know they’re infected. New York City has the highest AIDS case
rate in the country, with more AIDS cases than Los Angeles, San
Francisco, Miami, and Washington DC combined. HIV is the 3rd leading
cause of death below age 65 in New York City. HIV is also the health
problem with the largest racial disparity; 80% of new AIDS diagnoses
and deaths are among African Americans and Hispanics. Prevention,
testing, and treatment programs are being expanded, but more must be
Barriers create disparities in access to care
Approximately 1 in 70 New Yorkers is infected with HIV, but the
proportion of people in different groups who are infected varies widely:
1 in 40 African Americans.
1 in 25 men living in Manhattan.
1 in 12 black men age 40-49 years.
1 in 10 men who have sex with men.
1 in 8 injection drug users.
1 in 5 black men age 40-49 in Manhattan.
1 in 4 men who have sex with men in Chelsea.
The epidemic is increasingly affecting women, who now constitute a
third of new AIDS cases – up from 1 in 10 at the start of the epidemic.
More than 80% of new AIDS diagnoses and deaths are among African
Americans and Hispanics. Black men in New York City are 6 times more
likely to die of AIDS than white men; black women are 9 times more
likely to die of AIDS than white women. Hispanic men and women are 4
times more likely to die of AIDS than white men and women.