AIDS, TB rates decline on NYC

New York City has seen a significant decline in the number of cases HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases thanks to improved medical care.

Data released in an annual review of city agencies known as the Mayor’s Management Report shows that over the last year, the number of new HIV cases has fallen by nearly 800, according to

The new statistics show 2,225 cases newly diagnosed HIV cases in 2011, compared with 2,969 in 2010. Over the past eight years, the number of newly diagnosed cases has fallen by 47 percent. Approximately, 4,200 cases were diagnosed in 2003 and that number has fallen annually since then.

The number of New Yorkers who have died from AIDS has also fallen. According to the statistics, there were 1,073 AIDS related deaths in 2009, and 933 in 2010.

The number of new TB cases has dropped, reports. In 2009 there were 895 new TB cases. In 2010, there were 760 cases.

Improved medical care and better treatment are being cited as possible reasons the city’s health picture has improved.

"It’s not that people are not infected with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, it is that they are taking medications, they’re able to be more adherent, and treatment has become easier,” Dr. Monica Sweeney, the assistant commissioner of the Bureau of H.I.V. Prevention and Control of the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said, the New York Times reports.