Resolution J5102-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 27, 2014, as HIV Testing Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with the observance of National HIV Testing Day

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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 June 27, 2014, as HIV Testing Day in the State of New York,  in
conjunction with the observance of National HIV Testing 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 the residents of New York State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative  Body  is  moved to memorialize
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 27, 2014, as HIV  Testing  Day
in the State of New York, in conjunction with the observance of National
HIV Testing Day; and
  WHEREAS,  National  HIV Testing Day is an annual campaign to encourage
people of all ages to "Take the Test, Take Control"; and
  WHEREAS, In the United States, nearly 1.2 million  people  are  living
with HIV, and almost one in five do not know they are infected; and
  WHEREAS,  National  HIV  Testing  Day  presents an annual reminder for
people nationwide to learn their HIV status, and to gain  the  knowledge
they need to take control of their health and their lives; and
  WHEREAS, National HIV Testing Day also provides an invaluable opportu-
nity  to dispel the myths and stigma associated with HIV testing, and to
reach those who have never been tested or who have engaged in  high-risk
behavior since their last test; and
  WHEREAS,  Since  the mid-1990s, the number of people who are diagnosed
with HIV each year  has  remained  relatively  stable  at  about  50,000
infections  per  year; however, certain groups, including African Ameri-
cans, Latinos, and  gay  and  bisexual  men  of  all  races/ethnicities,
continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV; and
  WHEREAS,  Of  particular  concern  is  the significant increase in new
infections among young gay and bisexual men; nationally, between 2008 to
2010, young men ages 13-24 had a 22 percent increase in new  infections,
and  young  black  men  in  that  group  now  account  for  more new HIV
infections than any other subgroup by race/ethnicity, age,  and  gender;
and
  WHEREAS,  New  York  State  leads  the nation in the number of new HIV
cases; and
  WHEREAS, As of 2012, approximately 129,000 people are  diagnosed  with
HIV/AIDS in New York State; almost 80 percent live in New York City; and
  WHEREAS,  77  percent  of  people living with HIV in New York are over
forty years old, and 42 percent of positive New Yorkers are  over  fifty
years old; and
  WHEREAS, To date, over 100,000 New Yorkers have died from AIDS-related
causes; and
  WHEREAS,  It is crucial that days such as National HIV Testing Day are
observed in order to continue to raise awareness and eventually halt the
spread of HIV/AIDS in communities throughout the State of New York,  the
United States of America, and around the world; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 27, 2014,  as  HIV
Testing Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with the observance
of National HIV Testing 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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