September 27, 2002
City health officials are particularly concerned about the proportion of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with syphilis in 2001 who were co-infected with HIV (48 percent), and about reports of risk behavior likely due to factors including treatment optimism, prevention burnout, misperceptions of risk, and the impact of other health problems such as depression and substance abuse. DOHMH is acting to increase access to testing, expand partnerships with community-based organizations, and create new initiatives to reduce STD and HIV transmission among gay and bisexual men.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
09.26.02; Vol. 51; No. 38
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