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NEW YORK CITY: AIDS No Longer Among Top Ten Causes Of Death

Via the New York Daily News:
For the first time since the HIV epidemic exploded more than a generation ago, AIDS is no longer one of the top 10 causes of death in the city, the city’s top health official said Thursday. Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said AIDS dropped off the top ten list for 2012. In 2011, it was the number nine killer, with 766 deaths. That number dropped to 609 for 2012, according to statistics released last month. It’s the first time AIDS has not ranked among the top ten since 1983. City officials say better treatment is allowing New Yorkers with AIDS to live longer. “It’s a tribute to the efforts that have been tackling this epidemic. We are seeing some success,” Bassett said at a City Council budget hearing.
According to the CDC, an estimated 1.2M Americans are living with HIV/AIDS.

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