The Blasio Administration announced that the annual number of & # 39; new diagnosis reached the lowest point b & # 39; 2157 New Yorkers infected in 2017
M & # 39; is certainly an occasion to celebrate. the – World AIDS Day is the date to commemorate and remember those life lost for epidemic and to raise awareness about the importance of & # 39; prevention.
However, the – New York City Yes, you have reason to rejoice on this World AIDS Day. Is that according to data released Friday by the Commission administration Blasio, The – big Apple experienced a record reduction in the number of & # 39; people infected with HIV.
On the occasion of the commemoration of the date, the Mayor Bill de Blasio disclosed in & # 39; a statement that the annual amount of & # 39; New HIV diagnosis New York City reached its lowest point, with 2,157 New Yorkers were diagnosed last year.
According to data from the 2017 Annual Report on HIV Surveillance, the new cases diagnosed in the last year decreased by & # 39; 5.4% compared with 2016.
The same report shows that the number of & # 39; & # 39 new diagnosis; HIV in New York City decreased by & # 39; 64% since reports & # 39; & # 39 cases; HIV took effect.
Thanks to this historic reduction, the Administration was optimistic and De Blasio announced that on track to achieve their ambitious goal of & # 39; stop the epidemic & # 39; HIV in the city & # 39; New York for 2020, what is known as "The End of the Epidemic"(ETE).
"Our city has at & # 39; Leading the fight against the HIV and AIDS for decades & # 39; years", said Mayor & # 39; Blasio. "The achievement of our goal to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020 in New York City is a good start, but it will not continue until we eradicate the epidemic once and for all."
In addition to new diagnostic registration & # 39; HIV in the city, the Health (DOHMH) Also calculates the number of & # 39; new infections with the virus.
And, according to the most recent estimates DOHMH, the estimated number of & # 39; & # 39 new infections; HIV in New York City continues to decline, with a decrease of & # 39; 35% men who have sex with men (MSM) And overall reduction of & # 39; 36% from 2013.
Strategies & # 39; prevention
To ensure that infections continue to fall, the health authorities of the city trying to accelerate the connection & # 39; people newly diagnosed with HIV b & # 39; medical care and necessary treatment (in 30 days or less). This helps to achieve the suppression of & # 39; viral load patient what causes the virus in your body to reach undetectable levels and, therefore, it is less difficult to titrasmettih others.
This – strategy & # 39; prevention also includes – prophylaxis before and after exposure, Known as prep and PEP, And – distribution & # 39; condoms in the city & # 39; New York.
"We are very excited about the progress of the city to reduce the diagnosis of & # 39; HIV and we focused a lot on the achievement of & # 39; our aim to end the epidemic by 2020." , said Dr. HERMINIA Palacio, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services.
According to the report, despite the fact that between 2016 and 2017, the number of & # 39; new HIV diagnoses decreased between men and women, including transgender and – Latinas, MSM, blacks and Latin in particular, are still affected by & # 39; disproportionate way by HIV.
In 2017, the new all men diagnosed with HIV in New York City, 74% were MSM; and all new diagnosis among MSM, 73% were black or MSM Latinos.
"Although we have seen a decrease in groups such as women in black and Latin, we must continue to address the issue & # 39; men who have sex with men, who are affected by & # 39; disproportionate way by HIV", she said. the interim health commissioner, Dr. Barbot Oxiris.
In 2015 Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an investment of & # 39; $ 23 million for End epidemic Initiative (ETE). This allowed the expansion of city programs that combine more HIV-positive people, Mainly in – The LGBT community, With care and medical treatments necessary to help them achieve viral suppression. This includes access to treatments & # 39; PREP and PEP, Medicines to help prevent infection & # 39; HIV in & # 39; negative people and control the virus at & # 39; positive people.