The 10457 zip code in the Bronx (which includes Tremont, portions of Crotona, Belmont and Claremont) has STD rates that are officially at epidemic proportions. The area is currently home to the highest number of people infected with at least two of the following conditions: HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia and tuberculosis. The infection rates for all conditions are in the top 20% of cases citywide.
The BX has a whole is really an issue, with 70% of the borough having residents who are in the top 20% for at least two diseases.
“The teenagers are engaging in very risky behavior,” said Tom Murray, director of community affairs for St. Barnabas Hospital. “They think AIDS is a thing of the past.”