Resolution J5100-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim September 27, 2014, Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in the State of New York

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  • May 20, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 20, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 14, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim September 27, 2014, Gay Men's HIV/AIDS  Awareness  Day  in  the
State  of  New  York, in conjunction with the observance of National Gay
Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
days that are set aside to increase awareness of serious  public  health
issues that affect the lives of citizens of New York State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to  memorial-
ize  Governor  Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim September 27, 2014, Gay Men's
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with the
observance of National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day; and
  WHEREAS, National Gay Men's  HIV/AIDS  Awareness  Day  is  a  time  to
reflect on the heavy toll of HIV among gay and bisexual men and acknowl-
edge the contributions they have made in the fight against HIV and AIDS;
and
  WHEREAS, Since the first cases of AIDS was reported in five gay men in
1981,  gay  and  bisexual  men across the United States have been at the
center of the epidemic; and
  WHEREAS, Gay and  bisexual  men  bear  the  greatest  burden  of  this
disease, accounting for almost two-thirds of all new infections in 2010;
they also, however, have been at the forefront of fighting this disease;
many have helped shape the research agenda and worked with organizations
that provide HIV services; and
  WHEREAS, More than one-third of Gay and bisexual men who are HIV posi-
tive don't know it; knowing one's status and getting linked to treatment
if  positive  are  critical  to  protecting  personal  health as well as
preventing the spread of this disease; and
  WHEREAS, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC)  recom-
mends anyone at high risk for HIV from sexual activity or injection drug
use  be tested at least once a year; sexually active gay men may benefit
from more frequent testing, such as every 3 to 6 months; and
  WHEREAS, National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will be  celebrated
in cities across the United States on September 27, 2014, to educate the
public  on  HIV/AIDS  in  the  gay and bisexual community, as well as to
promote regular testing and prevention methods; and
  WHEREAS, It is imperative that there be greater  public  awareness  of
this  serious  public  health  issue,  and more must be done to increase
activity at the local, State and national levels; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew M.   Cuomo to proclaim September 27, 2014,
Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in the State of New York,  in  conjunc-
tion  with  the observance of National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day;
and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New
York.

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