Resolution J5105-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 19, 2014, as Asian and Pacific Islander 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 May 19, 2014, as Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS  Awareness
Day  in  the  State  of  New York, in conjunction with the observance of
National Asian and Pacific Islander 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 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 May 19, 2014, as Asian and Pacific
Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in the State of New York, in conjunction
with the observance of National  Asian  and  Pacific  Islander  HIV/AIDS
Awareness Day; and
  WHEREAS, National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is
a national mobilization effort designed to encourage people of Asian and
Pacific  Islander  descent  to get educated, get tested, get involved in
prevention, and get treated for HIV and AIDS; and
  WHEREAS, Data from the Centers  for  Disease  Control  and  Prevention
illustrate  that Asian and Pacific Islander populations have the highest
rate of increase in new HIV infections in the United States, showing the
only statistically significant growth among any racial or ethnic  group;
in  fact, during the same time period studied, the rate of HIV infection
declined for all other racial and ethnic groups; and
  WHEREAS, Two-thirds of Asians,  Native  Hawaiians  and  other  Pacific
Islanders  have  never  been  tested for HIV; indeed, Asians and Pacific
Islanders have the lowest HIV testing rates of all  races  and  ethnici-
ties,  compared  to  rates  of  37.9  percent of Whites, 57.8 percent of
Blacks or African Americans, 42.7 percent of American Indian  or  Alaska
Natives, and 42.4 percent of Hispanic/Latinos; and
  WHEREAS, Low testing rates and annual increases in HIV infections mean
that  more  Asians and Pacific Islanders are being infected with HIV; it
is estimated that one in three Asians  and  Pacific  Islanders  who  are
living with HIV do not know it; and
  WHEREAS,  Although  national  estimates show that Native Hawaiians and
other Pacific Islanders are not greatly affected by HIV,  current  esti-
mates  of  HIV  and  AIDS diagnoses among this population may be too low
because of race/ethnicity  misclassification,  potentially  masking  the
real impact of HIV on this population; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  crucial that days such as National Asian and Pacific
Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day are observed in  order  to  continue  to
raise  awareness  and  eventually  halt the spread of HIV/AIDS, not only
among Asians and Pacific Islanders, but across all communities  through-
out  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 May 19, 2014, as Asian
and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in the State of New York, in
conjunction with the observance of National Asian and  Pacific  Islander
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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