Progress made against AIDS/HIV cases

December 06, 2017 04:08 PM

ALBANY – Progress is being made to end the AIDS epidemic in New York State, according to the Director of the NYS AIDS Institute, part of the Department of Health. The major message is Expect the Test.

"So, individuals should know that in New York State the offer and the advisement of an HIV test should be expected," said Johanne Morne, who laid out a passionate, numbers-backed half-hour presentation Wednesday morning at the Convention Center at the Empire State Plaza.

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"For an 18-month period from 2014-2016 we saw zero mother-to-child transmissions,” said Morne. “This is an incredible accomplishment."Recent Policy changes to “Ending the Epidemic” in New York State include the elimination of written consent for HIV testing and more data sharing (2013); addressing the legality of syringes through exchange programs (2015) and ensuring that teens have the right to obtain treatment and preventive services while safeguarding confidentiality (2017).

"We are making headway here,” said Dr. James Tesoriero, an epidemiologist with the Dept. of Health. “That's something that we have to work on. If we can crack that barrier and actually start getting individuals to test more and quickly I think we'll end the epidemic even faster than we thought."

The two-day conference follows "World AIDS Day," which was last Friday, Dec. 1.


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