“Thanks to drug innovation, cure research, housing assistance and community outreach at the city and state levels, the end of the epidemic is surely within our grasp. But there's much more work to do.”
Community Leadership Messages
“Mayor DeBlasio's sign-on to the Paris Declaration, as one of the ‘Fast-Track Cities’ in the fight to eliminate HIV/AIDS, is commendable and very significant given NYC's leadership in implementing plans to eliminate the epidemic including funding prevention, treatment and care services. This is an important way for the government, private and non-profit sectors to share, globally the successes and challenges that still remain. A great platform for the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc., in keeping a focus on the disproportionate impact of HIV /AIDS among the African American population, including best practices, ‘pitfalls’ to avoid, and barriers to overcome for Ending the Epidemic.”
"Once ground zero of the AIDS epidemic, today New York City is leading the way in innovation and progress. We know that PrEP and PEP work, that undetectable equals untransmittable, and that if we continue to seek justice for those most deeply affected by HIV, it is completely within our power to end the epidemic. With the bold leadership and support of New York City elected officials, the NYC Health Department, and in coalition with other community-based advocacy organizations and service providers, we are well on our way to achieving this goal by 2020.”
"This major investment by Mayor de Blasio and the Council in the fight against HIV/AIDS will make a tremendous impact on the lives of thousands of New Yorkers ... New York City is truly stepping up to the plate in providing resources to end the scourge of HIV/AIDS in New York City. The end of the epidemic is truly in sight."
“New York City is leading the way in public health by successfully incorporating HIV self-testing as a critical part of its overall HIV program to reach populations most impacted by HIV.”
"The Latino Commission on AIDS stands strong with Mayor Bill de Blasio decision to sign on NYC to the Paris Declaration, adding our city to the global list of cities that are working to achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals. In New York a broad, participative and diverse coalition has come together and are fully engaged to achieve those global goals and ensure access to prevention, treatment, care, and supportive services that are free of stigma and discrimination. We look forward to an AIDS-free generation."
“Before we can end AIDS, we will have to find people who are living with HIV and don’t know it, and find them earlier. Early treatment improves health outcomes, and knowledge that one is living with HIV reduces the likelihood of forward transmission. Restoring universal screening of STDs to our clinics can drive the identification of previously undiagnosed cases and get those infected with HIV to care.”
“During a time of great uncertainty for the fight against HIV and AIDS, it is especially encouraging to see New York City reach this historic milestone. We at GMHC also know the fight is not over and more work is needed to end AIDS as an epidemic by 2020. We look forward to working with the city to improve HIV testing, treatment and prevention citywide in order to reach those most affected by this epidemic and we remain optimistic that we can and will reach our collective goal to end the epidemic once and for all.”
“The beauty and power of our efforts to end the HIV epidemic locally come from the fact that these efforts have been true partnerships between community and government, administrative and elected. Our community’s urgency and vision are propelled by the Mayor’s commitment, the City Council’s will, and NYC Health Department’s focused implementation. It doesn’t stop there, though. We have to keep thinking big and keep pushing if we want to truly realize this vision. I believe we’ll get there if the collaboration stays strong.”
"New York City's accelerating progress in reducing new HIV infections, as indicated by the 2015 new diagnoses data, encourages us to redouble our efforts to put together all the strategies and tools needed to reduce new infections to historically low levels by 2020. These encouraging data show how much can be accomplished when the HIV-affected communities, the City, and the State are working side-by-side to end the epidemic. More work is needed to address continuing health disparities, especially the unacceptably high HIV incidence rates among transgender women and young gay men of color."
“Cities have long been at the forefront of responding to AIDS, and by focusing our resources on innovative programs and promoting rapid treatment and preventative care, we can realistically achieve New York City’s goal of Ending the Epidemic by 2020. If we are going to end AIDS, we need to ensure all hands are on deck in getting diagnosed New Yorkers treated quickly and at-risk communities are supported on an ongoing basis.”
“We need to increase awareness among sexually active younger New Yorkers – who are disproportionately at risk for sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, gonorrhea, and chlamydia – about STD testing and their health care options.”
“While a lot of progress has been made in the fight against AIDS, we have to continue pushing forward until a cure is found for this deadly disease. Considering the advances we have made in treatment, testing and diagnosing people who have HIV is an extremely necessary step to help eradicate AIDS, which is why commemorating National HIV Testing Day is vital.”
"Mayor DeBlasio's sign-on to the Paris Declaration is another specific step New York City is taking to not only end the HIV and AIDS epidemics, but to show the world that we care. As a transgender woman of color, I was not expected to live past 32 or 35, and HIV was one of the reasons behind that dramatic statistic. Today, I’m 47. I’m still here. That shows that comprehensive treatment, innovative prevention approaches, a commitment to research, and an intersectional, compassionate perspective continue to be successful and get us even closer to ultimately succeeding in ending AIDS."
"Ending the Epidemic by 2020 is a reachable goal in New York City. Translatina Network stands committed to increasing access to HIV testing, linkage to HIV treatment and providing HIV prevention to hard reach communities. Having access to New York City’s Fast-Track Cities data makes it possible for us recalibrate our efforts as needed."