AIDS drops off NYC’s top 10 causes of death for first time in 30+ years

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AIDS has finally fallen off the top ten causes of death in New York City, for the first time since 1983.

According to NYC Health Commissioner Mary Bassett, as recently as 2011, AIDS was the number-nine killer in the city, with 766 deaths attributed to it. Statistics released in February 2014, however, revealed that the number of deaths attributed to AIDS for 2012 was significantly lower, at 609.

At a City Council budget hearing, Bassett said, “It’s a tribute to the efforts that have been made…in tackling this epidemic. We are seeing some success,” according to the official site, the movie takes “an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.”

The summary explains, “Ruffalo portrays Ned Weeks, who witnesses first-hand a mysterious disease that has begun to claim the lives of many in his gay community and starts to seek answers. Matt Bomer plays Felix Turner, a reporter who becomes Ned’s lover. Taylor Kitsch plays Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a prominent AIDS activist. Jim Parsons plays gay activist Tommy Boatwright, reprising his role from the 2011 Broadway revival. Roberts plays physician Dr. Emma Brookner, a survivor of childhood polio who treats several of the earliest victims of HIV-AIDS.”

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