HIV report says S. Bronx is high risk area

(08/09/03) THE BRONX - A new report on safe sex and HIV testing shows the South Bronx is one of the city's top high-risk neighborhoods for contracting the virus.

The city's Department of Health says the report shows nearly two thirds of sexually active people in the city say they didn't use a condom the last time they had sex. The South Bronx turned out to be one of the highest risk neighborhoods for contracting HIV citywide.

Officials say some of the factors that put people at high risk include those who have three or more sexual partners and don't use condoms, those who use intravenous drugs, those who exchange sex for money, and those who have contracted a sexual transmitted disease (STD) in the last year.

The health department says AIDS deaths in the city have dropped sharply since the mid 90's, thanks to new drugs. However, the city says 8,000 people are still dying of AIDS related causes every year.

To view the full report, click here.

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