Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo laid out a bold vision in his State of the State address and accompanying 2016 budget, including a $200 million, multi-year investment in HIV prevention and treatment efforts. This new funding is in addition the $2.5 billion the state of New York currently spends each year supporting people living with, and concerned about, HIV.
According to the Governor’s Executive Budget, the $200 million will be used to support New York’s groundbreaking efforts to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic by 2020. Specifically, the funds will be used to “expand the availability of affordable housing and housing assistance for those living with HIV and identify undiagnosed persons, link them with treatment and facilitate access to necessary medications to keep them HIV negative.” Since formally adopting the “Blueprint for Ending the AIDS Epidemic,” which prioritizes the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, New York has made unprecedented progress toward achieving its goals, garnering international attention and praise.
Governor Cuomo has been a vocal champion of LGBT equality throughout his entire time in office, whether it’s been fighting for statewide marriage equality or protecting transgender New Yorkers from discrimination. He will be honored with the HRC National Equality Award next month at the 2016 Greater New York Gala.