New York City has high rates of STDs, TB and hepatitis C

A recently re-examined study of New York City ZIP codes showed that several disease rates in some areas are soaring.

The study showed how hepatitis C and tuberculosis plague certain areas of the city, and other areas have rising rates of the sexually transmitted diseases chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and hepatitis B. In addition, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recently reported that concurrent infections of STDs, hepatitis C and TB are also seeing a resurgence, according to TheBody.com.

The areas of New York City with the highest rates of hepatitis B and TB had large foreign-borne populations, including several in the South Bronx, north central Brooklyn, Manhattan, Chelsea-Hell’s Kitchen and the Rockaways in Queens that were in the top 20 percent in the nation.

Areas in the Bronx accounted for the highest concentrations of individuals with multiple STDs. The study showed that ZIP code 10474, Hunts Point, ranked in the top 20 percent of areas with high rates of hepatitis C, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV/AIDS infections. The Tremont area of the Bronx was also in the top 20 percent for all of the diseases analyzed in the study, TheBody.com reports.

Thirteen Manhattan ZIP codes reported HIV rates that place them in the top 20 percent nationally. Chelsea-Hell’s Kitchen, Central Harlem-Morningside Heights, East Harlem, Washington Heights-Inwood and Greenwich Village-SoHo were all listed.

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