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NYC celebrates World AIDS Day with a historic reduction in the number of infected

The Blasio administration announced that the annual number of new diagnoses reached its lowest point, with 2,157 New Yorkers infected in 2017

This is definitely not a reason to celebrate. World Aids Day this is the date in honor of which lost life for this epidemic and raise awareness of the importance prophylaxis,

but New York Yes, you have reason to celebrate on this World AIDS Day. This is according to data published this Friday. Blasio Administration, Big apple experienced Reduction in the number of people infected with HIV,

On the occasion of the celebration Mayor Bill de Blasio that year on year new HIV diagnoses in New York reached the lowest point 2,157 New Yorkers who were diagnosed recently last year.

According to the Annual Report on HIV Surveillance in 2017, recently detected cases last year decreased by 5.4% compared with 2016.

The same report shows that the number of new HIV diagnoses in New York has decreased by 64%, since there have been reports of HIV infections.

Due to this historic reduction, the administration of De Blasio was optimistic and announced that they were on their way to achieving their ambitious goal: end the HIV epidemic in the city of New York for 2020 what is called "Ending the epidemic"(ETE).

“Our city has been a leader in fighting the HIV and AIDS epidemic for decades,” said Mayor de Blasio. "Achieving our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2020 in New York is a good start, but we will not rest until we end the epidemic once and for all."

In addition to registering new HIV diagnoses in the city, Department of Health (DOHMH) also calculates the number of new infections with the virus.

And, according to the latest DOHMH estimates, the estimated number of new HIV infections in New York also continues to decline, with 35% men who have sex with men (HSH) and a decline of 36% overall since 2013.

Prevention strategies

To ensure that infections continue to decline, city health authorities are trying to speed up the connection of newly diagnosed people with HIV with medical care and necessary treatment (for 30 days or less). It helps to achieve suppression viral load the patient that causes the appearance of the virus in your body undetectable levels and, therefore, transferring it to others is less difficult.

This prevention strategy also includes prophylaxis before and after exposure, known as DKP and Pepand condom distribution in the city of New York.

“We are very pleased with the progress of the city in reducing the HIV diagnosis, and we are very focused on achieving our goal of ending the epidemic by 2020,” said Dr. Herminia Palacio, Vice Mayor of Health and Social Services.

According to the report, despite the fact that between 2016 and 2017, the number of new HIV diagnoses decreased between men and women, including transgender and Latinas, MSM, especially blacks and Hispanics, remain disproportionately affected by HIV.

In 2017, all men newly diagnosed with HIV in New York, 74% were MSM; and all new diagnoses among MSM, 73% were black MSM or Hispanic,

“Despite the fact that we are seeing a decline in groups such as black and Latin American women, we must continue to solve the problem of men with skin color who have sex with men who are disproportionately affected by HIV,” she said Interim Health Commissioner Dr. Oxyris Barbot,

In 2015 Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $ 23 million investment for the End the Epidemic Initiative (ETE). This has expanded the city’s programs, linking more HIV positive peoplemainly within LGBT community, with care and medical procedures necessary to help them achieve virus suppression. This includes access to PrEP and PEP procedures, drugs that help prevent HIV infection in negative people and control the virus in positive people.

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