FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2013
On National HIV Testing Day, HHC Urges New Yorkers to "Take the Test, Take Control"
NYC Public Hospitals and Health Centers Offer Rapid HIV Tests; It's Easy, Fast and Confidential
New York, NY ― In Recognition of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) urges New Yorkers to learn their HIV status and reminds the community about the HIV testing and treatment services available throughout the five boroughs. As the State's largest provider of HIV primary care, HHC hospitals and health centers have tested more than 1.3 million people since 2005 when the public hospital system began making HIV testing part of routine medical care for patients by offering tests in emergency rooms, in-patient units, and outpatient clinics. To find an HHC public hospital or clinic that offers HIV testing call 311 or visit http://www.nyc.gov/hhc.
"Getting tested is about taking control of your health and your future," said HHC President Alan D. Aviles. "When people find out they have HIV, they are more likely to take steps to protect their health and that of their partners. If they are diagnosed with HIV they can get medical care early to help live a long, fulfilling and healthy life."
HHC's 11 hospitals are Designated AIDS Centers and HHC hospitals and community health centers offer specialized HIV care to all New Yorkers, regardless of ability to pay or immigration status. Services include:
- Rapid HIV testing – it is fast, easy and a confidential consultation is provided. Tests are available at all HHC hospitals and community health centers in the five boroughs. Get results in less than 30 minutes.
- Access to Care. HHC healthcare facilities have a seamless system to immediately link people to continuous, team-based and coordinated quality care when they learn they are infected with HIV. People with an HIV diagnosis receive antiretroviral treatment and self-management health education to help them be healthier, live longer and prevent transmission.
- Expert HIV/AIDS Providers. From physicians to support staff, the NYC public hospitals are home to nationally recognized HIV/AIDS specialists who have been on the front lines in the battle against this illness, providing compassionate care, testing, developing treatment plans and participating in important research.
- MetroPlus Health Plan. HHC's health insurance plan, MetroPlus, rated the number 1 HMO in New York State several years in a row, has the state's largest HIV Special Needs Plan that provides comprehensive and targeted medical and support services to people facing HIV/AIDS.
National HIV Testing Day was launched in 1995 by the National Association of People with AIDS in response to the growing number of HIV infections in communities of color and other heavily impacted communities. Nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the U.S., and almost one in five don't know they are infected. In New York City, more than 113,319 New Yorkers are living with HIV/AIDS and nearly a third of the City's adults have never been tested.
The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation's 30 year leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS was recognized in 2011 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for achieving a major milestone: one million unique New Yorkers tested for HIV. HHC's routine HIV testing program is now considered the largest of its kind by any single healthcare system in the U.S.
To find an HIV testing location, call 311 or visit or visit http://www.nyc.gov/hhc to locate an HHC hospital or clinic near you.