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HIV infections in San Francisco down by more than a third

2016-09-04
San Francisco has made significant progress in the fight against HIV as new statistics show that the rate of HIV infections have dropped by more than a third in the city. NewNowNext reports that the new statistics were published on September 1 in the HIV Epidemiology Annual Report and they reveal that the number of people infected with HIV have dropped by 34% in the last three years. Back in 2013, around 285 new infections were recorded in the city ad this year, there have only been 99 recorded infections. The drop in infections has been attributed to the preventive medicine PrEP. Barbra Garcia, the director of health at the San Francisco Department of Public Health said: "The overall picture is very good, with San Francisco heading toward zero on every HIV measure." Despite the progress, Barbra states that some groups, such as African-Americans and Latinos, are not seeing a decline in infection. Barbra adds, "Without improvements for these populations, we as a city will not reach zero." More stories: Pokémon Go gets its own X-rated gay porn parody Tulisa talks new music, moving forward, and why G-A-Y feels like home