Resolution J5106-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 18, 2014, HIV Vaccine 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 18, 2014, HIV Vaccine Awareness Day in  the  State  of  New
York,  in conjunction with the observance of National HIV Vaccine Aware-
ness 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 May 18, 2014, HIV Vaccine
Awareness Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with  the  obser-
vance of National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day; and
  WHEREAS,  HIV  Vaccine  Awareness Day (HVAD) is an annual event estab-
lished to recognize and thank the  thousands  of  volunteers,  community
members,  health  professionals, and scientists who are working together
to find a safe and effective HIV vaccine; it is also a  day  to  educate
our  Nation's communities about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine
research; and
  WHEREAS, More than 33 million people worldwide are  living  with  HIV,
and  more  than  20  million  lives  have  been lost due to HIV and AIDS
related illness; the need  for  an  HIV  vaccine  remains  urgent;  once
infected,  most people will eventually need to stay on treatment for the
rest of their lives; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, treatments are complex, costly,  and  only  slow
the  disease,  there  is  no cure; to ensure the end of the HIV and AIDS
epidemic, prevention is essential; and
  WHEREAS, A vaccine helps our body learn how to fight off a virus, such
as HIV; a preventive HIV vaccine would protect HIV-negative people  from
being infected with the disease; and
  WHEREAS,  The  long-term  goal  is  to develop a vaccine that protects
everyone from getting infected with HIV, however, even  a  vaccine  that
protects  only  some  people would still be very helpful; such a vaccine
could decrease the number of people who are  infected  with  HIV,  which
would  reduce  the number of people who can pass the virus on to others;
and
  WHEREAS, Furthermore, researchers  are  looking  to  see  whether  HIV
vaccines  could help people who are already infected with HIV; if effec-
tive, such a vaccine would teach the body to control HIV  infection,  so
the  progression  from  silent  HIV  infection  to full-blown AIDS would
happen much more slowly or could even be stopped; and
  WHEREAS, In recognition of HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, community activ-
ities and media events will be held across the United States to  educate
communities throughout the country on the importance of preventative HIV
and AIDS research; 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  May  18,  2014,  HIV
Vaccine  Awareness Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with the
observance of National HIV Vaccine 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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