According to the city Health Department, 4,800 New Yorkers were infected with the HIV virus in 2006. That’s more than three times the national rate. According to the AP, “Health officials attribute the city’s relatively high rate of new infections to its large populations of gay men, blacks and other groups on whom HIV has traditionally taken a heavy toll.” While the development of highly effective drug combinations has made the disease seem less frightening and dire in recent years, the reality of it has not changed. Recently, New York looked into several cases of people for whom the virus recently still proved fatal, and examined the medical reasons that even the most up-to-date drugs couldn’t save them. In light of today’s news, it might be worth a second read.