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March 2, 2012

Funding Cuts Despite High HIV Rates in NYC

A 2011 study of gay and bisexual men living in New York City found high rates of unsafe sex and high rates of drug and alcohol use, Gay City News reports. Among the 510 men interviewed by the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance Study, 30 percent of the white men, 25 percent of the Latino men, 23 percent of the African-American men and 17 percent of the other men reported “at least weekly” binge drinking, which was defined as “five or more drinks in one sitting.” Fifty-three percent of the white men and 54 percent of the non-white men reported drug use in the previous year, while 47 percent of the white men and 43 percent of the non-white men reported drug or alcohol use during their last sexual encounter. Among the 510 men, 475 were tested for HIV and 19.2 percent were positive, or roughly one out of five. Forty percent of that group did not know they had HIV. The data comes at a time of deeper cuts to HIV/AIDS funding in New York City.

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