Resolution J5109-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim February 7, 2014, as Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with the observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness 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 February 7, 2014, as Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in the  State
of  New  York,  in  conjunction  with  the  observance of National Black
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 February 7, 2014, as Black HIV/AIDS
Awareness  Day  in the State of New York, in conjunction with the obser-
vance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD); and
  WHEREAS, HIV is a crisis in African American communities,  threatening
the  health  and well-being of African American men and women across the
United States; and
  WHEREAS, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness  Day  (NBHAAD)  is  an  HIV
testing  and  treatment  community mobilization initiative in the United
States and across the Diaspora; the day highlights four specific  action
points  for  African American individuals and communities: get educated,
get tested, get involved, and get treated; and
  WHEREAS, Because testing is critical for prevention of  HIV  in  Black
communities,  the  founders  of NBHAAD chose to mark February 7 of every
year as Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in  hopes  that  African  Americans
will  mark  the  date as their annual or bi-annual day to get tested for
HIV; and
  WHEREAS, The focus of NBHAAD is  to  get  Blacks  educated  about  the
basics of HIV and AIDS in their local communities; and
  WHEREAS,  Black  men  account  for  almost  one-third  of  all new HIV
infections in the United States, more than six times as high as the rate
among white men, and more than twice that of Hispanic males; and
  WHEREAS, Among Black women, although new HIV infections decreased 21%,
this vulnerable population accounts for 13% of all new  HIV  infections,
and the majority, at 64%, of all new infections among women overall; and
  WHEREAS,  In  New  York  State, as of December there were 21,534 Black
individuals living with HIV, compared to 12,404 Whites; and
  WHEREAS, Data from the New York State Department of Health shows  that
Blacks/African Americans comprised 45.9% of newly diagnosed cases in the
State in 2011, while Whites made up 19.8%; and
  WHEREAS,  Effective  HIV prevention is a community-wide effort; NBHAAD
organizers emphasize speaking about the importance of HIV prevention and
treatment in as many arenas as  possible,  including  local  faith-based
organizations,  and  supporting local AIDS service providers as key ways
to be involved; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, those  who  have  HIV  are  encouraged  to  make
connections  with treatment and care services; going to doctors, receiv-
ing care, and taking prescribed HIV  medicines  helps  individuals  stay
healthy and reduces the risk of transmitting the virus to others; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  crucial  that  days  such as National Black HIV/AIDS
Awareness Day are observed in order to continue to raise  awareness  and
eventually halt the spread of HIV/AIDS, not only in Black/African Ameri-
can  communities  but  all 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 February  7,  2014,  as
Black  HIV/AIDS  Awareness  Day in the State of New York, in conjunction

with the observance of National Black 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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