FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2016
ASCNYC’S REACTION TO GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCEMENT
RE: CONFIDENTIAL TREATMENT OF MINORS WITH HIV
(New York, NY) – ASCNYC, one of the largest AIDS services programs in New York City, reacted to a proposal from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s office to pass a law extending to minors confidentiality related to prevention, care and treatment for HIV infection. Current law gives minors a right to confidential access to HIV testing only.
“ASCNYC applauds this latest milestone in Governor Cuomo’s fight to end the transmission of HIV in New York State,” said Sharen Duke, Executive Director of ASCNYC, which provides prevention, testing and peer education programs for New Yorkers with HIV and other chronic illnesses.
“Working with New Yorkers of all ages, we know first-hand how access to prevention and treatment will increase the number of young people who know their HIV status and help combat the rising rates of HIV infection in New York’s adolescent population,” continued Duke.
“Governor Cuomo’s leadership in passing this new law as well as all other HIV-related legislation planned for this session—extending the recommended age for HIV testing beyond 64 years old and increasing access to syringes—will save and extend the lives of countless New Yorkers,” concluded Duke.
ASCNYC is a multiservice community organization that carries out its mission of promoting Positive Change for New Yorkers seeking health, housing, recovery, and a better future as they navigate life with HIV and other chronic health conditions. ASCNYC’s comprehensive programs help New York City’s most vulnerable individuals and families to access medical care, overcome addiction, rejoin the world of work, and reclaim their lives by building community, connection and stability. For more information go to www.ascnyc.org