15 million meals
In May, the always-in-fashion Joan Rivers helped prepare the 15 millionth meal for God’s Love We Deliver, which provides much-needed meals for New Yorkers living with severe illnesses, including HIV/AIDS.

30% rent cap

Tenants in New York City’s HIV/AIDS rental assistance program will not pay more than 30 percent of their disability income toward rent. Before the rent cap, upwards of 70 percent went to housing, leaving precious little for actual living.

609 New Yorkers
Although HIV/AIDS was not a top 10 killer of New Yorkers in 2012—marking the first time it dropped off that list—it did take 609 lives and rank as the No. 5 killer of people younger than 65. New infections stayed at about 3,000 a year.