AIDS: New York City reached the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals two years ahead of scheduleChristian Fernsby ▼ | December 2, 2019
New York City announced that it has reached the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals two years ahead of schedule, meaning that 90% of all people with HIV know their status, 90% of all people diagnosed with HIV are on treatment, and 90% of all people diagnosed with HIV who are on treatment are virally suppressed.
Empire State New York City is the first Fast-Track City in the U.S. to reach the milestone
New York City is the first Fast-Track City in the U.S. to reach the milestone.
The Fast-Track Cities initiative is a global partnership of more than 300 cities and municipalities around the world working to achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets.
Last month, the Health Department released the 2018 HIV Surveillance Annual Report, which showed the number of people newly diagnosed with HIV in New York City in 2018 fell below 2,000 for the first time since annual HIV reporting began in 2001.
To continue its efforts to end the HIV epidemic once and for all, the Health Department will continue its citywide HIV testing initiative, New York Knows, for another five years.
Launched during the first-ever World AIDS Day citywide event in 2014, New York Knows has grown into the nation’s largest HIV testing initiative, with over 2.5 million HIV tests conducted by community-based organizations, community health centers, hospitals, colleges and universities, faith-based organizations, and businesses since 2014.
Moving forward, New York Knows will embody an HIV status neutral approach to prevention and treatment, ensuring that all New Yorkers receive quality care and services, regardless of HIV status.
New York Knows will also expand its focus to include sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and hepatitis C in program goals, planning, and activities. ■