Possible new strain of HIV/AIDS spreads alarm in New York City

April 2005
Contemporary Sexuality;Apr2005, Vol. 39 Issue 4, p8
This article focuses on the increase in HIV/AIDS cases in New York City. The disease's quick progression in the individual and the inability to find drugs able to thwart its onslaught left New York health officials and HIV/AIDS experts worried. Adding to their fears has been a cruel irony. Anti-retroviral drugs developed in the 1990s have been so effective many people now have unprotected sex with the belief that if they contract HIV/AIDS they will have little trouble surviving it. HIV/AIDS experts suggest stemming risky behavior may require confronting people at places where impromptu sex parties occur, stopping liaisons involving gays on crystal methamphetamine and finding partners of the newly infected HIV-positive population. The growing practice of unprotected sex, fueled in part by an epidemic of crystal methamphetamine, has come with painful consequences.


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