Bronx Zip Code 10457 Has The Highest Number Of STD Sufferers In The City

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These are the stories they warned you about in Jr. High school.  While you should never have unprotected sex in general, studies have shown that, one specific zip code provides even more risk than expected.

The 10457 ZIP code in the Bronx includes counties such as Tremont, portions of Crotona, Belmont and Claremont, and it also has the highest number of people afflicted by atleast two of the following conditions: HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia and tuberculosis, according to the Department of Health.

All of the seven diseases have been deemed an epidemic in the 10457 zip code. The infection rates for all the listed conditions are in the top 20% of cases citywide. That is something to really be leery about if you’re a actively dating person in the region.

Though the statistics are off the charts for this particular region, it is not, however, the only area with such a serious problem with transmitted diseases. In fact, New York has the highest number of ZIP codes all together— nearly 70% — where residents are in the top 20% for at least two diseases.

For example, in Manhattan, 45% of ZIP codes have two-disease rates in the top 20%, and this is in comparison to 25% of Queens ZIPs and 22% in Brooklyn.

Tom Murray, the director of community affairs for St. Barnabas Hospital and the chairman of Community Board 6’s Health and Human Services Committee, was quoted saying, “It’s very disturbing, especially for our community.” He then went on to say,“the teenagers are engaging in very risky behavior. They think AIDS is a thing of the past.” But I must respond by adding that this plague is not only affecting teenagers. These diseases can afflict anyone who engage in high risk and s*xual activities.

The ZIP code is currently know for it’s high poverty rates, which contribute to the disproportionate number of people battling two or more serious diseases. Daily news stated:

Roughly 70,000 people live in the 10457 ZIP code and the median household income is $24,537. Some 43% of Tremont/Crotona residents live below the poverty line compared a poverty rate of 21% citywide.

“While this is a disappointment, it’s not a surprise,” said Community Board 6 District Manager Ivine Galarza.

Some residents of the high risk regions have resorted to blaming the officials.

“I’m afraid,” said Yolanda Smith who is 32 years old, “the government needs to do something about it.”

Juan Santos, a 63 year old disabled veteran, called for more activities and education for young people.“The main problem with venereal disease is a lack of information,” he said. “We have a lot of billboards about cigarettes and beer. Why are there no billboards about AIDS?”

Though it is easy to point fingers as people look around for answers, but the truly best way to combat this epidemic is for every individual to take responsibility for their own actions.

One local shop owner commented on the issue by saying,”It’s not as if condoms aren’t available, It’s just that people aren’t using them.”

“I got a lot of condoms,” said Andrew Garcia, manager of the Crotona Lotto Plus shop. “Nobody’s asking for condoms. When the hospital came and gave out the free condoms, I left them here. Nobody took them.”

Sommer Payne

6 Comment

  1. I need to know if there are enogh clinic in the area?. Do the young have to travel far to see a physician?.. When there are small clinics to.treat people.. It sometimes help bring an area under control.
    The title is right!.. Why aren’t people using condoms?.. If your gona have high risk sexu*l activity you have a responsibility to protect your self and others!..
    Al as o did they ever catch that creep who pisted he was HIV positive and out to infect BBC as many yoyng gurlsvas he could?!..
    Try and find that source.. Then kill him in sight!!

  2. Amazingly the article doesn’t mention that the population is predominantly Black and Latino or that redlining by HASA—you only get $999 when you have HIV and receive state aid—so the rents are deliberately set at certain levels in certain parts of the cities for certain kinds of people who have certain kinds of diseases. It’s no “coincidence” nor residential fault that this is true.

  3. So basically mofo's are burning out here!!

  4. Not surprising to me. That sex-lunatic junkyard dog I was married to that would screw anything that moved or wasn't nailed down, male or female–probably did it with some animals, too — was born and raised in that zip code. Ewww. Nasty.

  5. I lived in that area in my early teens, I am not at all shocked by the statistics. My mother escaped an abusive marriage in Alabama and that was the only place she could afford with six kids. The area is Black and Latino, and the worse examples of both races.

    In 1974, my first year of high school, boys would meet you in the first period and expect to have sex by the end of the day. They were not against raping you. I did not date in high school. I did not meet anyone that I would consider bringing home to meet my mother. Every week you heard about another girl being pregnant.

    By my senior year, 1978, many pregnant girls were in Junior High. It’s not as if no one knew about condoms because they were discussed in health classes. Many girls wanted to get pregnant because that was an easy welfare check and they did not have to go to school anymore. Condoms were also the cheapest things you could buy, many boys were becoming drug dealers. They would not use them.

    There are many clinics in the region, most within walking distance. I had the same doctor for 5 years, he discussed birth control options with me. I told him that since I wasn’t or planned to be intimate anytime soon, I didn’t need it. He gave me a bunch of condoms anyway and suggested I go on the pill. I never needed to use the condoms and never needed the pills. I wasn’t ready for that and didn’t place myself in compromising positions and didn’t care about having a boyfriend.

    Those people are not concerned about preventive health. Many spend hours in emergency rooms for non-emergency cases. They could register at a clinic. Every benefit a poor person needs is available to them, but people who need assistance the most are the least likely to use it. Most women do not seek prenatal care. They know about these services because when they apply for welfare benefits, they have to provide proof of pregnancy from a physician. They will make sure to to that, but not continue to seek care because they are lazy.

    Unfortunately, most of those people are uneducated and on welfare. Most are drop outs. The area is one where values of any kind are limited. It is hopeless. I thank God everyday that I made it out and never looked back. I went to college and eventually left New York in 2002.

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