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NYC Health Department Expands HIV and STI Services

Posted by Elizabeth Koke , February 13, 2017

NYC Health Department Expands HIV and STI Services

On Friday, February 10, Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett announced the expansion of HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) services as part of NYC’s Ending the Epidemic (ETE) plan.

NYC’s STD clinics will be renamed as Sexual Health Clinics will now have additional staff and expanded hours. New initiatives include the JumpstART program, which will link those newly-diagnosed with HIV with anti-retroviral treatment. “Through JumpstART, patients receiving a positive HIV diagnosis can begin taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) that same day in the clinic. This is a game changer. The days of waiting weeks and weeks to start HIV medications are over,” said Commissioner Bassett in Gay City News.

NYC will also offer the largest PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) program in the country, as well as the full 28-day course of PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) including monitoring, follow-up care and linkage to PrEP. A new ad campaign, “We’ve Got You Covered,” which will launch on Valentines Day, will send positive, non-judgmental messages about maintaining sexual health through prevention and treatment.

These expansions demonstrate New York City’s commitment to Ending AIDS as an Epidemic. “We are thrilled to see the many innovations that DOHMH is implementing to End the AIDS Epidemic here in New York. We are especially delighted with the City’s partnership with the community to see that we achieve this goal by 2020,” said Charles King, President and CEO of Housing Works.

The End AIDS New York 2020 Community Coalition has expressed concerns that a proposed change in the Article 6 formula in the New York State budget for matching New York City public health expenditures will result in dramatic cuts to NYC’s ETE initiatives. The End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition estimates that this proposed change will result in an $11 million cut to the City health budget this year, and $22 million over two years, with the majority of these cuts falling on City ETE and STD Programs. This will directly and dramatically effect Ending the AIDS Epidemic efforts. We are now urging the Governor to restore the Article 6 formula for the 30-day amendments.

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