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Office of HIV/AIDS Policy Coordination DOHMH - Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control
The goal of the NYC DOHMH Bureau of HIV/AIDS is to control the HIV epidemic and minimize its impact on New Yorkers by preventing new HIV infections. Additionally, the department:

Promotes HIV Testing

  • " DOHMH Public Health Laboratory conducts more than 120,000 HIV test each year, approximately half of all HIV tests in the city. Eleven STD clinics and counseling and testing sites run by DOHMH offer free confidential and anonymous HIV testing. These sites conducted 32,660 HIV tests in 2002.

Monitors trends in the HIV epidemic through surveillance for HIV/AIDS

  • Surveillance for HIV/AIDS cases is conducted in 62 hospitals, 600 free standing clinics and 1,500 private medical doctors offices. In 2002, 7000 new HIV cases and 5000 AIDS cases were diagnosed and reported.
  • Surveillance data are used to secure federal and state funding for HIV prevention ($>20 million) annually and federal HIV/AIDS Ryan White treatment ($104 million annually).
  • Special surveillance studies are conducted to better understand and control the epidemic in high-risk populations.
  • A new laboratory technique ("detuned assay") is being introduced to help identify diagnosed persons who are newly infected with HIV.

Allocates prevention resources within the DOHMH and the community to those populations at greatest need

  • In conjunction with the HIV Prevention Planning Group, New York City's $33 million in prevention dollars are allocated based on the distribution of HIV/AIDS cases. Prevention services are directed to high-risk populations such as sex workers, injection drug users, and prisoners. Services include street outreach, individual- or group-level risk reduction, prevention case management, and capacity building in communities to deliver and evaluate services
  • Nearly $17 million prevention dollars are allocated to contracts with over 60 community-based organizations that provided almost 500,000 service encounters in 2002.
  • DOHMH devotes an additional $16 million in prevention funds to directly operated programs including the Office of Correction AIDS Prevention (OCAP) on Riker's Island, Women and HIV/AIDS Initiative, and Health Media and Marketing which produced media campaigns like the "BYOC (Bring your own condom) campaign.
  • Contracts with CBOs are monitored through monthly reports to ensure that they reach target populations in agreed upon service areas.
  • Almost 3,000 individuals from City and community-based agencies are trained annually by the HIV Training Institute to provide counseling, testing and related services to people affected by HIV/AIDS.

Promotes access to medical care, treatment, and support of HIV infected persons

  • In conjunction with the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy Coordination, more than $103 million in Ryan White funds were distributed in Ryan White funds were distributed to provide health and support services for New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS who are uninsured and underinsured.
  • Title I Ryan White funds support 300 contracts in 37 program categories and reach 94, 872 clients. Services provided include outpatient medical and dental care, rehabilitative services, home health and hospice care, transportation and housing assistance.
  • Ninety percent of Title I care dollars are directed to Black and Hispanic New Yorkers, the groups most affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Click here for the website of the NYC DOHMH HIV Bureau's Care, Treatment & Housing Program.