New York's governor approves Blueprint to End AIDS action plan

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved an action plan on Wednesday that aims to rid the state of AIDS by 2020. | Courtesy of
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved new guidelines on Wednesday that seek to eliminate the AIDS epidemic in the state by the year 2020.

The Blueprint to End AIDS outlines a variety of recommendations, including establishing a single point of access where low-income HIV-positive New York residents can receive enhanced rental assistance, as well as transportation and food allowances. The guidelines also emphasize the importance of fully legalizing syringe possession. The recommendations also call for an end to using condoms as evidence in criminal investigations.

Cuomo confirmed his personal commitment to ending AIDS at the annual New York City Gay Pride Parade last June. His goal is to make New York the first state completely free of AIDS, so he created a task force to create the Blueprint to End AIDS.

Approximately 100 Voices of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL) members gathered in front of Manhattan's LGBT Community Center to witness the governor accepting the Blueprint to End AIDS. VOCAL-NY is an organization that is committed to eliminating AIDS, ending mass incarceration and ending the war on drugs.

“We thank Governor Cuomo for endorsing our plan to end AIDS,” Reginald Brown, VOCAL-NY community leader, said. “All New Yorkers need access to condoms, syringes, PReP, PEP, treatment and housing. Today marks the start of the end of AIDS in New York State. We are now turning to all elected officials to fund this blueprint.”

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