Resolution J5110-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 10, 2014, as Women and Girls 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 March 10, 2014, as Women and Girls HIV/AIDS  Awareness  Day  in
the  State  of  New York, in conjunction with the observance of National
Women and Girls 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 March 10, 2014, as Women and Girls
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with the
observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day; and
  WHEREAS, Of the 1.1 million people in the United  States  living  with
HIV, women 13 or older make up about 25% of all HIV diagnoses; and
  WHEREAS, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an annual,
nationwide  observance  that  sheds  light  on  the increasing impact of
HIV/AIDS on women and girls; the goal of this day is  to  offer  support
and  hope, reduce the stigma of HIV/AIDS, and empower women and girls to
embrace the theme, "Share Knowledge. Take Action"; and
  WHEREAS, An important element of halting  the  spread  of  HIV  is  to
increase  individuals'  awareness of their status; nearly 180,000 people
in the United States do not know they  are  HIV-positive  and,  of  this
group, approximately 27,000 are women and girls; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is important that women and girls get tested so they can
know their status, make  better  health  choices,  reduce  the  risk  of
getting  or transmitting the virus to others, and live longer, healthier
lives if they are HIV-positive; due to delays in seeking  testing,  many
individuals  are  diagnosed  so  late in the course of their HIV disease
that they have already developed full-blown AIDS; and
  WHEREAS, The State of New York has the largest number of women  living
with HIV in the country, with 38,840 women being affected; and
  WHEREAS,  Women  of color make up approximately 90 percent of New York
women living with HIV/AIDS; and
  WHEREAS, Black women account for 13% of all new  HIV  infections,  and
the  majority, at 64%, of all new infections among women overall; by the
end of 2010, Hispanic/Latina women had an HIV infection rate  more  than
four  times  that  of white women, representing15% of new HIV infections
among women and 19% of all women living with HIV; and
  WHEREAS, Older women are also at particular risk,  as  they  are  more
likely  than younger Americans to be diagnosed with HIV at a later stage
in  the  disease  which  can  lead  to  poorer  diagnoses  and   shorter
HIV-to-AIDS intervals; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  crucial  that  days such as National Women and Girls
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day are observed in order to continue to raise aware-
ness and eventually halt the spread of HIV/AIDS, not only  among  women,
but  across 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 March 10, 2014, as
Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in the  State  of  New  York,  in
conjunction  with  the  observance  of National Women and Girls 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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