The number of people diagnosed with HIV in New York City last year was 70 percent lower than in 2001, officials said Tuesday.
There were 1,772 people newly diagnosed with the virus in the city in 2019, down 8 percent from the year before and down 70 percent from nearly 20 years ago, the Big Apple’s Health Department said, in marking World AIDS Day.
But while hailing strides in HIV prevention and treatment, the data shows “inequities persist across many communities of New York City,’’ the agency said.
Of the women and transgender females diagnosed in the city last year, 91 percent were black or Latino.
The city’s men and transgender males found to have HIV in 2019 were 81 percent black or Latino.
Nearly 70 percent of those diagnosed also were gay men — and within that group, 80 percent were black or Latino.
Overall, half of those diagnosed with HIV in the city in 2019 lived in areas of high poverty, the city noted.
“So many New Yorkers lost someone dear to them to HIV and AIDS,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a Tuesday press conference.
“We’ve come a long way, and it’s a reminder of our ability to fight back even against extraordinarily difficult odds,” he said. “Let’s also appreciate how far we’ve come back, and now we can talk about ending the epidemic once and for all.”