January 1, 2008


New H.I.V. Cases Drop, but Rise in Young Gay Men (SARAH KERSHAW, 2/02/08)

The number of new H.I.V. infections in men under 30 who have sex with men has increased sharply in New York City in the last five years, particularly among blacks and Hispanics, even as AIDS deaths and overall H.I.V. infection rates in the city have steadily declined.

New figures from the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene show that the annual number of new infections among black and Hispanic men who have sex with men rose 34 percent between 2001 and 2006, and rose for all men under 30 who have sex with men by 32 percent.

At a time when the number of new cases among older gay men is dropping — by 22 percent in New York City during the same period — AIDS experts are bearing down on what they say is a worrisome and perplexing growth of H.I.V. infection among young men like Mr. Arriola.

First the media mainstreams it and tells them that sex with other men is perfectly normal and then wonders that they don't realize they're partying in a disease vector. Priceless.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 1, 2008 11:18 PM

They know the risk and don't care, so why should we?

Posted by: erp at January 2, 2008 9:03 AM

There's more of a danger to the populace at large from "second-hand" homosexuality than there is from smoking tobacco, as well the disgusting esthetics they share, yet one is celebrated while the other condemned.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 2, 2008 11:20 AM