Plan to End AIDS Epidemic in New York State Announced
June 30, 2014
This article was reported by Empire State News.
Empire State News reported that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D-N.Y.) announced a plan to decrease new HIV infections. New York has had 3,000 new HIV diagnoses so far for 2014, which is a drop from 14,000 in 1993. The plan hopes to reduce new infection to 750 by 2020; this would be approximately the same as the number of TB diagnoses the state reports annually.
Cuomo's three-point program, called "Bending the Curve," will focus on "identifying persons with HIV who remain undiagnosed and linking them to healthcare; linking and retaining persons diagnosed with HIV to healthcare and getting them on anti-HIV therapy to maximize HIV virus suppression so they remain healthy and prevent further transmission; and providing access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for high-risk persons to keep them HIV-negative."
Although the program will result in higher medication costs, the program is expected to pay for itself because of lower transmission rates. The prevention part of the program will save approximately $400,000 in lifetime medical costs and is expected to save the state an additional $317 million and prevent more than 3,400 new cases.
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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