Did more gay men die in NYC during the AIDS crisis than US soldiers in Vietnam?

2018-06-17 17:48:24

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During the 1980s, more gay men died in New York City during the AIDS

crisis than all recorded deaths of American soldiers in Vietnam.

Wikipedia cites US News to say that the number of US military casualties in the Vietnam war is 58,318. However, I cannot find a number on the number of deaths from AIDS in NYC during the AIDS crisis.

Since it is probably impossible to filter the AIDS death count to only gay men, I believe that all AIDS deaths would help address the claim as best as possible.