New York Proposes Measures to Slow the Spread of AIDS
May 24, 2005
If funded and implemented, proposals made in a draft report released Monday by the New York City Commission on HIV/AIDS would make the city "a national and global model of how to stop the epidemic," according to Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden.
The commission -- a 21-member body comprising doctors, researchers, and AIDS advocates appointed by the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene -- also endorsed new state regulations that go into effect on a temporary basis next week. The regulations streamline HIV testing consent forms and allow health officials to collect detailed information about a patient's viral load and resistance to AIDS drugs.
More than 4,000 New Yorkers are diagnosed with HIV each year, and a quarter of them learn they are infected only when they are diagnosed with fully developed AIDS, said panel members. The commission's recommendations include:
Tracy L. Welsh, executive director of the HIV Law Project, worried that the state's new patient information guidelines would strip away long-held privacy protections for those with HIV. But many panel members said they felt the regulations' benefits were greater than the costs.
The draft proposal will be adopted June 13 after a public comment period. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/html/doh or, locally, telephone New York City's call center at 311.
New York Times
05.24.05; Andrew Jacobs
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