All HHC hospitals are state-designated AIDS Centers with extensive HIV/AIDS services. New Yorkers can walk into HHC hospitals, diagnostic and treatment centers, and some clinics, and quickly obtain confidential, convenient HIV testing, as well as expert treatment and counseling, regardless of ability to pay or immigration status.
Our HIV/AIDS Centers of Excellence are hospital-based and provide state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary inpatient and outpatient care. In addition, they work with pediatric and obstetrical departments to deliver the specialized HIV care that infants, children and pregnant women need.
HHC has been in the forefront of incorporating HIV screening into routine medical care. In 2005 HHC made HIV testing a routine part of medical care within public hospitals and community health centers for patients 13 years of age and older. According to the CDC, early referral to medical care of persons infected with HIV can prevent HIV transmission in communities while reducing a person's risk for HIV-related illness and death. An estimated 20,000 New Yorkers -- nearly 1 of every 5 people living with HIV -- do not know they are infected, and 1,000 New Yorkers each year first learn they have HIV when they are already sick with AIDS.
Since Fiscal Year 2005, HHC facilities tested 1.2 million patients for HIV, diagnosing 12,200 -- one percent -- as HIV positive. More than 90 percent of patients diagnosed positive at HHC facilities have been linked to life-saving HIV medical care and treatment within 90 days of being diagnosed.
HHC currently serves about 19,000 HIV/AIDS patients - about one-fifth of the more than 100,000 people known to be living with HIV/AIDS in New York City. HIV is the third leading cause of death below age 65 in New York City.
See a list of HHC facilities in New York City which can provide HIV rapid tests.
See how many HIV tests have been delivered to New Yorkers in recent years..