Distribution of AIDS diagnoses in New York as of 2017, by transmission category

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome is the state of an HIV infection when a person's CD4 cell count is below 200 cells per microliter of blood. A diagnosis of AIDS means that a person's immune system is incredibly weakened by HIV and they are no longer able to effectively fight off infections. In 2017 in the State of New York approximately 49 percent of new AIDS diagnoses were among those that had acquired HIV through male-to-male sexual contact.

Distribution of AIDS diagnoses among adults and adolescents in New York as of 2017, by transmission category

Transmission categoryPercentage of all AIDS diagnoses
Male-to-male sexual contact49%
Injection drug use14%
Male-to-male sexual contact
and injection drug use
Heterosexual contact*31%
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United States

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Age group

13 years and older

Supplementary notes

Transmission category is the term for the classification of cases that summarizes a person’s possible HIV risk factors; the summary classification results from selecting, from the presumed hierarchical order of probability, the one risk factor most likely to have resulted in HIV transmission. The exception is men who had sexual contact with other men and injected drugs; this group makes up a separate transmission category. Data have been statistically adjusted to account for missing transmission category.

Diagnoses of HIV infection classified as stage 3 (AIDS) refer to confirmed diagnoses during a given time period. For example, the 2017 data on AIDS diagnoses would include persons with laboratory-confirmatory evidence of AIDS diagnoses during January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 and reported to CDC through June 30, 2018. Data for the year 2017 are preliminary and based on 6 months reporting delay. Therefore, trends should only be assessed using data through the year 2016 to allow sufficient time (at least 12 months) for reporting of case information to CDC to accurately assess trends.

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