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It’s true that overall HIV rates are declining in our country, but progress has been uneven.
“I keep thinking, this is sub-Saharan Africa happening all over again.”
Unlike the uptick seen in some other cities, this one isn’t fueled by opioids.
Most transmissions in the 14 percent surge occurred via sex.
But 2017 rates remained higher among African Americans and homeless people, according to a health department report.
About 45 percent of Americans diagnosed with HIV are 50 or older.
Officials have not linked these cases to a single factor.
They’re concerned about a “dramatic increase” in HIV rates among gay, bisexual and transgender Latinx.
The cases were among heterosexuals who used drugs, suggesting the local epidemic is spreading to different populations.
According to the CDC, the national annual HIV infection rate has dropped by 15 percent.
The annual number of HIV diagnoses have declined in the city.
For one thing, CDC data show decreases in new HIV cases among several Black population groups.
The surge stems from injection drug use.
Fake news alert: Trump allegedly said 15,000 recent Haitian immigrants all have AIDS.
One reason: “There is a 25 to 30 percent increase in incidents every year.”
A county health director stated as much, but after public criticism, she apologized.
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