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N.Y. leads U.S. in contracting HIV

August 30, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

New Yorkers are contracting HIV at three times the national rate, the city health department said Wednesday, attributing the difference to New York's large population of high-risk groups such as gay men and blacks.

In 2006, 72 of every 100,000 New Yorkers became infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, compared with the national average of 23, the department said.

Some 4,800 people contracted HIV that year in New York, long considered the epicenter of the U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic.

About 100,000 New Yorkers are believed to be infected, officials said.

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