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Experts: Some New Yorkers Disproportionately Affected by HIV

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023   

As New York honors National HIV Testing Day, experts are hoping to end the disproportionate effects of HIV and AIDS. A report from the Human Resources and Services Administration finds that in 2019, African American people made up the majority of those with HIV and AIDS infections in the U.S. In New York State, this trend continued into 2022.

Mahyar Mofidi, director of the division of Community HIV/AIDS Programs, Health Resources and Services Administration's HIV/AIDS Bureau, said the biggest barrier can be the stigma of getting tested.

"Stigma is sadly embedded in the experience of many people seeking HIV treatment and prevention services," he said. "It can stop people from visiting health-care providers."

He says testing for HIV needs to be de-stigmatized to better help people remain healthy. At different legislative levels, Mofidi wants to see better access to pre and post-exposure prophylaxis medications. Last year, Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation requiring insurance companies to cover these medications. However, a similar bill introduced in Congress in 2021 failed to advance out of committee.

Mofidi said increased knowledge of HIV and AIDS testing has helped improve life expectancy for people who test positive.

"If you get HIV tested; if you test positive, you can quickly get information on connecting to care, and you can start taking highly effective HIV medicine that can make you stay healthy," he explained.

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program finds 88.8 % of people in New York receiving medical care were virally suppressed. While this is lower than the national average of 89.7%, it is an improvement since the disease reached its peak.


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