New York: A Look at One State’s Transformative Efforts to Combat the HIV/AIDS Epidemic while Leveraging Health Information Technology and Innovative Solutions

By Sheetal Shah, State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program, Project Officer and Larry Jessup, Regional Extension Center Cooperative Agreement Program, Project Officer

Cross-posted from HealthIT.gov
Larry Jessup, Regional Extension Center Cooperative Agreement Program, Project Officer

Sheetal Shah, State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program, Project Officer
To commemorate National HIV Testing Day on June 27th, we wanted to highlight the State of New York’s efforts to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic when it first emerged, and to celebrate the new and innovative tools the state is exploring to prevent HIV and to test, diagnose, treat, and care for those living with the disease.

In 2010, under the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States, the Obama Administration articulated a simple, yet bold vision: “The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.” Continue reading

Early HIV Diagnosis: New Opportunities for State Health Departments

By Liisa Randall, Consultant, NASTAD

National HIV Testing Day 2013Each year on June 27th, we mark National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) as an opportunity to further promote HIV testing as an important HIV prevention tool and as the critical first step to linking individuals living with HIV with medical care and support services that can help them stay healthy and improve their quality of life.

Missing an opportunity to diagnose acute HIV infection has important public health implications. Health departments play an important role in HIV testing in that health department HIV prevention programs conduct more than three million tests each year. During the acute phase of HIV infection, individuals are highly infectious and research has demonstrated that acute infection contributes disproportionately to HIV transmission. Research also suggests that treatment of early HIV infection with antiretroviral therapy (ART) may delay disease progression and may also decrease the severity of acute disease.
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