San Francisco New HIV Cases Decline 10%
An estimated 20% decline in new HIV cases in San Francisco among men who have sex with men has been offset by a 25% increase in men who have sex with men living in the city since 2001, according to San Francisco Department of Public Health draft recommendations, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
According to DPH epidemiologist Willi McFarland, there are an estimated 976 new HIV infections in San Francisco annually, compared to the previous official estimate of 1,084 new cases each year -- a 10% decline. Eighty-seven percent of new cases are estimated to be in MSM, according to the draft.
DPH estimate the number of MSM living in San Francisco increased to 58,000 from 47,000 in 2001.
The San Francisco HIV Prevention and Planning Council will consider the report on April 13 (Russell, San Francisco Chronicle, 3/31).