In an effort to end the AIDS epidemic in New York, End the Epidemic, a three-point plan, seeks to reduce new HIV infections annually from 3,000 to 750 and the rate at which persons diagnosed with HIV progress to AIDS by 50%.
New York’s three-point plan to End the Epidemic includes:
- Identifying persons with HIV who remain undiagnosed and link them to health care.
- Link and retain persons diagnosed with HIV in health care to maximize virus suppression so they remain healthy and prevent further transmission.
- Facilitate access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for high-risk persons to keep them HIV negative.
PrEP is part of a menu of evidence-based interventions to prevent HIV transmission.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is for people who do not have HIV. Individuals at risk for HIV infection take a daily pill that contains HIV antiretroviral medication to reduce their risk of becoming infected. PrEP studies show significant reduction in HIV acquisition among HIV-negative persons who use PrEP and are offered a package of prevention, care and support services
PrEP is part of a comprehensive approach to preventing HIV that includes:
- Taking medication as prescribed
- Regular HIV testing
- Condom use to avoid STIs
- Education about safer sex practices and options
- Frequent screening for sexually transmitted infections
View complete PrEP guidelines at hivguidelines.org.
Erie County Medical Center staff is available for consultation and to provide PrEP. Call (716) 898-4119 and ask for the PrEP Team.
To learn more about End the Epidemic, visit the link here.
Last updated on 10/27/2022 2:02:01 PM