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More New Yorkers Getting HIV Than Previously Thought

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

More New York residents are contracting HIV than previously thought, according to new city Health Department figures. New federal calculation guidelines have increased the estimated number of new infections by about 25 percent.

The new counting technique is believed to be both more accurate and produce estimates more quickly, according to Dr. Andrew Gotlin, director of the Ryan Chelsea Clinton Community Health Center.

GOTLIN: Now that we have an idea when the new infections happened and where they’re happening that might be the way we can figure out how we can pool our resources more and make the most impact.

REPORTER: The new figures suggest nearly 4,800 city residents contracted HIV in 2006, the most recent year available. That makes for a rate of 72 cases per 100,000, three times the national average.

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