July 3, 2014
Gov. Cuomo Launches Plan to End AIDS Epidemic in New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo (D–N.Y.) has launched a plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York State, according to a Cuomo statement. The plan seeks to get the number of new HIV cases below the number of HIV-related deaths. There were 3,000 new HIV cases in 2014. The plan seeks to reduce that number to 750 by 2020.
The “Bending the Curve” three-point plan will: identify the undiagnosed and link them to care; link and retain people with HIV to care and get them on treatment to keep them healthy and prevent additional transmission; and give pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to people at high risk of the virus to keep them HIV negative.
The plan seeks to build on the downward trend in new HIV cases in the state. In the past decade, the state reduced new HIV cases by 40 percent. Although new HIV cases have declined, the number of HIV-positive New Yorkers continues to increase because people with the virus are living longer and related deaths are decreasing.
The governor claims that each HIV case averted by the plan will save the state almost $400,000 in lifetime medical costs. By 2020, the governor claims the state will save an additional $317 million by preventing more than 3,400 new HIV cases.
HIV/AIDS groups supporting the plan include the Treatment Action Group (TAG), the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA), Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), Harlem United and Housing Works.
To read the statement, click here.
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